ALPENA - The Michigan State Police Alpena Post has three new troopers, part of the 90 who graduated from the 124th Trooper Recruit School at the end of March.
Troopers William Brown, Jeffery Hoyt and Anthony Utt started at the post Monday,. First Lt. Mike Hahn, post commander, said their addition is much needed.
"I'm real happy to have the new troopers," he said. "We still need more. I'm hoping that we will eventually get some more. It's wonderful having them. Our numbers have been down over the last several years."
Brown is from Gaylord, Hoyt from Big Rapids and Utt from Weidman. They will not start out patrolling on their own just yet, but must complete their field training, Hahn said. As such, they'll be assigned to their field training officers, learning the job hands-on until they pass the training. They'll be considered probationary officers for one year.
"They'll certainly enhance community safety once they're trained and on the road," Hahn said.
The Alpena post now has 22 troopers, including five assigned to the regional troop concept, Hahn said. They don't necessarily work at the post, but serve in offices in Lincoln, Mio, Lewiston and Rogers City. The post also has four uniform sergeants, two detective sergeants, a secretary and Hahn.
The post also got three new recruits at the end of October, and in a week they'll be ready to patrol on their own, Hahn said.