MSP West Branch Post to host Citizens’ Academy

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WEST BRANCH — Residents once again have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their local Michigan State Police post by attending a free Citizens’ Academy, scheduled for Sept. 11 through Oct. 16.

Attendees will learn about the mission and day-to-day operation of the MSP, the procedures troopers follow and law enforcement’s role in the community. Community Service Tpr. Shane Noble said they will also learn more about home safety, drugs, drunk driving and legal statutes. Along the way, they will be able to get to know personnel from the West Branch post.

“Everybody who has attended has really liked it,” Noble said. “They’ve gotten a lot of education and they feel like they have a closer bond with law enforcement.”

The academy is in a classroom format with slideshow and video presentations. Noble said there are no tests, and attendees will also be able to step outside the classroom for a tour of the jail and central dispatch.

He said the post has been hosting the academy for around six years, and he is hoping for a greater response this year.

The academy will be held every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ogemaw County Annex Building located at 205 Eighth St., West Branch. It will conclude with a graduation ceremony Oct. 16.

Those interested in attending can contact Noble at 989-415-2918 or via email at nobles3@michigan.gov to receive an application, or applications can be picked up at the West Branch post. Candidates must be 21 or older to apply.

“Give it shot,” Noble said. “If you don’t like it after the first class you aren’t obligated to continue, but most people who come stay and enjoy it.”

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