TRAVERSE CITY – The Michigan State Police (MSP) is pleased to announce that in the coming weeks it will open a full-service MSP post in Traverse City that will serve Benzie, Leelanau, and Grand Traverse counties. The location of the post will be 218 W. Fourteenth Street, the location of the current Traverse City Detachment, which is a state-owned building.
Since October 2011, the MSP facility in Traverse City has operated as a detachment of the Cadillac Post, which meant that some troopers started and ended their shifts at the building and used the facility to accomplish administrative tasks and meet with the public by appointment, but the lobby was not open and staffed. The facility is centrally located in the new post area and easily accessible to members of the community.
“After completing a review of post service areas in the Seventh District and gathering input from community stakeholders, the decision was made to reestablish the Traverse City Post utilizing the Traverse City Detachment to best deliver MSP services in the region,” stated Capt. Jennifer Johnson, Seventh District commander.
Following the establishment of this new post, the Cadillac Post area will encompass Wexford, Manistee, and Missaukee counties, while the Houghton Lake Post area will include Roscommon, Crawford, and Kalkaska counties.
The Traverse City post commander will be F/Lt. Stephen Porter, who most recently served as a detective sergeant at the Houghton Lake Post. Porter enlisted with the department in 2000, graduating as a member of the 119th Trooper Recruit School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. During his 22-year career, he has served at the former Kalkaska Post and Houghton Lake Post.
The Traverse City Post will open to the public on January 9, 2023.