Detective Lt. looks back on 35 years with the Michigan State Police and SANE

A man who has made northern Michigan communities a little safer over the past two decades is hanging up his hat. Detective Lt. Ken Mills retired from the Michigan State Police.

Detective Lt. Mills has worked for the Michigan State Police for 35 years.

“I think as a young officer; you want to try to arrest as many people. I think over time you realize that people have problems, especially working in drug enforcement, and nobody wants to get addicted or deal in drugs,” said Detective Lt. Ken Mills of the Michigan State Police and commander of SANE.

He has spent the past 20 years as the Straits Area Narcotics Police Commander.

“In the early 2000s, in the late 90s, we started to see the prescription drug problem,” Lt. Mills said.

Next was methamphetamine, followed by heroin. Now SANE’s goal is to get crystal meth off the streets “It’s not going away because of the addictive nature and the availability, the money that can be made selling it, the weapons in it. related and paranoia, a concern,” Lt. Mil said. “We’re just being more aggressive in moving these cases faster, ‘uh.

When Lt. Mills reflects on his career, he is most proud of his impact on the community and the most memorable moment was teaching young soldiers the ropes.