Show and tell: Michigan State Police in Gladstone host event

GLADSTONE – Michigan State Police in Gladstone showed off their equipment and services while also making connections with the public during an open house at the post Tuesday.

Various ages attended the event held in celebration of the state agency’s 95th anniversary, explained post commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham.

“The open house lets the community know what we’re all about and the resources we have and offers better interaction with the community and recruiting opportunities,” said Cunningham. “It also offers a positive image of the Michigan State Police and troopers.”

The general public, as well as students from Delta and Menominee counties, were invited to the event. The post serves both counties. Bay College criminal justice students also attended from the Escanaba and Iron Mountain campuses.

Troopers from the region and a few from downstate were on hand to show vehicles, explain equipment, offer demonstrations, and answer questions.

Vehicles included police motorcycles, current patrol vehicles, a 1975 Plymouth Grand Fury patrol car, a tactical vehicle, the bomb squad unit, the crime lab/forensics trailer, a K-9 vehicle, and a dive team/recovery boat.

Demonstrations were given of a remote bomb detonator, a remote mobile camera, a drug search by the K-9 “Rambo,” and a rollover unit that shows how seatbelts work. Additional equipment on display included an ice saw, underwater camera, various firearms, and emergency apparatus.

Those attending the open house could try the video driving simulator and a truck-weighing scale. Forensics offered fingerprinting. Crash test dummy characters were also on hand to greet participants.

Prior to the open house, the post served breakfast to about 40 state police retirees and their spouses at the Gladstone American Legion Hall.