2016-12-29 / News

Civilians To Learn About Police Work with Citizens Academy

Winter Program at Manistique, Spring Program in St. Ignace
By Erich T. Doerr


At left: Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper Patrick Janisse will head up the upcoming Citizens’ Academy program in Manistique this winter and St. Ignace next spring. He assumed the role as the St. Ignace post’s community service trooper in November. (Photograph courtesy of the Michigan State Police) At left: Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper Patrick Janisse will head up the upcoming Citizens’ Academy program in Manistique this winter and St. Ignace next spring. He assumed the role as the St. Ignace post’s community service trooper in November. (Photograph courtesy of the Michigan State Police) People will get a rare look at how police work is done in the upcoming Michigan State Police Citizens’ Academy program. The program will be held twice in the Upper Peninsula during the coming months, with one program this winter in Manistique leading into another in St. Ignace next spring. It is open to residents of Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties. The St. Ignace post is organizing the program, with Community Service Trooper Patrick Janisse carrying it out.

The Citizens’ Academy aims to teach participants about what it means to be a police officer in today’s world. It focuses on the mission and operation of the state police, increasing awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community, and introducing the public to the staff of the St. Ignace post. It will go over the department’s procedures, the rules officers must follow, and the legal policies that direct how they conduct their duties.

“It’s a very educational program,” Trooper Janisse said. “It’s an enlightening experience with today’s views on law enforcement. It shows what we do and why we do it. We’re are trying to reach out and educate the community.”

The lessons will cover a variety of topics including traffic laws and stops, discussing what the police are looking for when issuing a citation or a warning after pulling over a driver. Mr. Janisse said the program will involve several members of the department with the Michigan State Police specialty teams, such those working K9 or drug enforcement duties, also likely to be involved.

The initial eight-week program is scheduled to take place in Manistique from February 7 through March 28, with the last week serving as a graduation ceremony. It will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Trooper Janisse said the church was selected for the program because of the prior success with this program in Manistique last year. Church Pastor Jay Martin also serves as the police department chaplain.

Those who are interested in being a part of the Citizens’ Academy can contact Mr. Janisse at the St. Ignace post by calling (906) 643-7582. He can also be reached by e-mail at JanisseP1@michigan.gov.

The St. Ignace academy this spring will be the first the department has held in Mackinac County. It will take place at the post in April and May.

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