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New troopers have challenging careers ahead

The decision to enter law enforcement as a career isn’t an easy one, these days.

Start with the fact that it’s a dangerous way to make a living. Now add in the fact that many police agencies and its personnel find themselves at odds with the people they are pledged to protect and to serve.

The bottom line is that the young people who make this choice should be applauded and encouraged.

The Michigan State Police, in ceremonies in Lansing Friday, launched the law enforcement careers of 47 new troopers, including one from Marquette: Nicole Dyson, who is being assigned to the Calumet post.

Prospective troopers trained for 22 weeks to get to graduation day. They received instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.

“The troopers graduating today have demonstrated a dedication to hard work and perseverance to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police,” graduation keynote speaker Gov. Rick Snyder stated in a press release sent to local media. “I commend their commitment to public safety and service to their fellow citizens of our great state.”

We join Gov. Snyder in recognizing Trooper Dyson and, indeed, the rest of the graduating class. They’ve chosen a challenging – and honorable – career path.

We wish them the absolute best.

Mining Journal (Marquette)