Two new soldiers began their careers at the Michigan State Police Station in St. Ignace.
MSP embarked on one of its largest recruiting campaigns to date and also hired three new soldiers in Sault Ste. Married.
“I knew it was something I was going to do my whole life,” said Steve Seccia, one of the new soldiers. “I come from my family in law enforcement, so I knew I would always go that route and I always knew I was going to join the state police.”
The two new Michigan State Police troopers began training at the academy in August 2021, and the day has finally come for them to begin their new careers.
“It’s different,” Seccia said. “I mean growing up here, I know the area pretty well and stuff. For now, it’s just an opportunity to learn to understand what it’s all about for the most part, but it’s a great opportunity and a lot of fun.
For new soldiers, this is just the beginning. There is plenty of room to grow and learn to better serve their community.
“I think you have to have goals in everything you do and I try to set goals for myself,” said Paige Boucher. “Right now we’re in the field training officer program, so I have someone I’m with who teaches me the ropes of what to do on the road and things like that.”
Law enforcement across the country has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, but these new soldiers aren’t going to let that bother them.
“I don’t let it affect me,” Boucher said. “You can’t let this affect you. Just get out there, do your job and help your community.
According to Seccia, not all the negative attention the police are getting is going to get into his head.
“Law enforcement today has a bad reputation, but that’s more their motivation and there are actually more people who like us than people against us,” Seccia said. “You go out there on a shift and someone lets you know. They say “thank you” for what you do and it is worth it. »