Keeping tens of thousands of people safe while at the National Cherry Festival is a top priority—but not the only reason visitors saw a lot of troopers.
Last year was the 100th anniversary of the State Police working the National Cherry Festival, and they brought out more troopers and equipment to show off their assets.
It was such a success that they decided to do it again this year.
They also have a recruiting booth set up to try and encourage more people to join the MSP and specifically work in Northern Michigan.
Sgt. Travis House says it’s a great way for the MSP to connect with festival-goers and the community.
“What’s really amazing here is that people walking by stop and say hi, thank us for our service and unfortunately people have the idea that we’re at odds with the community,” he says. “I think the truth is the community appreciates us and we appreciate them, so it’s nice to reinforce that.”
The Michigan State Police also has a chopper, marine services and a bunch of bike patrols at the National Cherry Festival as well.