Two new troopers have started their career with the Michigan State Police St. Ignace post.
MSP has been undertaking one of their largest ever recruitment campaigns and also hired three new troopers in Sault Ste. Marie.
“I knew that it was something that I was going to do my whole life,” said Steve Seccia, one of the new troopers. “I come from my family in law enforcement so I knew I always going to go that route and I always knew I was going to join the state police.”
The two new troopers for Michigan State Police began training at the academy in Aug. 2021, and the day has finally come for them to start their new career.
“It’s different,” said Seccia. “I mean growing up around here I know the area pretty well and all that. Right now it’s just a learning opportunity getting the ropes what it’s all about for the most part but it’s a great opportunity and a lot of fun.”
For the new troopers, it’s just the beginning. There’s plenty of room to grow and learn how to best serve their community.
“I think that you have to have goals in everything that you do and I’m already trying to set goals for myself,” said Paige Boucher. “Right now we’re in the field training officer program so I have somebody that I’m with, teaching me the ropes of what to do on the road and things like that.”
Law enforcement around the country have been under scrutiny more and more the past few years, but these new troopers aren’t going to let that bother them.
“I don’t let it affect me,” said Boucher. “You can’t let it affect you. You just have to go out and do your job and help your community.”
According to Seccia, all of the negative attention the police are getting isn’t going to get in his head.
“Law enforcement today gets a bad rep but if anything its kind of motivation and there’s actually more people out there that appreciate us than are against us,” said Seccia. “You go out there on a shift and someone lets you know. They say ‘thank you’ for what you do and it makes it worth it.”