LANSING, MI (WTVB) - They took the oath to serve on Friday and 4 of the 90 new Michigan State Police recruits sworn in yesterday at a graduation ceremony in Lansing will be sent to the Post in Coldwater. That’s on top of the 4 new troopers who were added earlier this month to work out of Coldwater, which is the command post for detachments in Battle Creek and White Pigeon. MSP Director Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue conducted the 124th Trooper Recruit School Graduation ceremony and said in total the MSP will graduate 180 new troopers this fiscal year with Governor Rick Snyder proposing the graduation of 107 more in Fiscal Year 2014, which begins on October First.
One of Friday’s graduates, Brian George, is from Quincy. Trooper George was assigned to the Monroe Post. The beefed up State Police presence in Coldwater has provided a timely assist to law enforcement in the area in the aftermath of the Branch County Sheriff’s Department being forced to lay off 75% of its road patrol deputies because of major cuts in county’s 2013 budget.