Imlay City Police welcome deputies, troopers
IMLAY CITY — The accommodations for the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. and Michigan State Police at the Imlay City Police Dept. aren’t exactly palatial, though the sheriff’s space does have a sink, but law men from the three agencies were all smiles Friday afternoon.
Imlay City Mayor Walt Bargen snipped a large red ribbon welcoming the two agencies to the city.
Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna and Michigan State Police Lapeer Post Commander Lt. Shannon Sims said the office space will give their officers a place to fill out reports and interview people without having to drive back to Lapeer.
Sims said it will be especially useful for troopers since MSP has placed an added emphasis on distracted driver enforcement along M-53. He said the highway is “one of the highest accident areas in the county.”
Noting it’s an hour drive between the Lapeer Post and MSP offices in Port Huron, Sims said, “This is going to come in handy.”
City Manager Tom Youatt has been looking for ways to foster more cooperation between the three law enforcement agencies. He said providing the sheriff and MSP office space in the city will increase police presence there.
“Anything that knocks down walls is good,” McKenna observed.
He said there are typically two general patrol deputies on the east side of the county at any given time. All deputies assigned to the county’s east side will be issued keys to the facility.
For now the sheriff’s office space has a desk and a computer. “It’s a work in progress,” the sheriff said.
— Phil Foley