By Ralph Echtinaw
St. Louis’ newest police officer is a real go-getter who works full time here, part time in Potterville and takes college classes, all while supporting a family of four.
Patrick Herson, 39, of Lansing has been a police officer for a little over 13 years.
“I am married, have two children and a dog,” he wrote when asked for personal information. “I am a graduate of the Mid-Michigan Police Academy, and prior to that I graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. On May 19 I will graduate from Olivet College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Administration.
“During my law enforcement career I have performed narcotics interdiction, been a member of the Emergency Response Team and held the position of shift leader to name a few accomplishments.
“On days off, I work part-time for another law enforcement agency (Potterville). I have been the recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers award, Meritorious Service Award, department commendations, and three life-saving awards.
“When I am not working or attending school, I enjoy fishing, sports, camping and just being with my family.
“I was drawn to the St. Louis Police Department for the family atmosphere. I have known several officers who started their careers (here) and hoped to one day work here as well.
“I figured, Why wait until retirement? So I began to inquire about job openings. During the hiring process, the department staff was welcoming and made me feel like I had worked here my whole career. I knew quickly this was where I wanted to be.
“I am excited and grateful to be a part of the SLPD family. I look forward to getting to know the community better and letting the community get to know me and my family.
“Also, if anyone is wondering, I am a Michigan fan; NOT MSU.”
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