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Monitoring canines and Michigan State Police


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June 11, 2022

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Cinematographer William O. Mitchell, left, talks with Trooper Al Byam, middle, and govt producer Peter N. Wright, proper, earlier than filming a part of “Protect, Defend and Defend” for the Michigan State Police. The documentary in regards to the Michigan State Police was produced by Midland-based Kinek Productions, a part of the Midland Middle for the Arts. Might 1975.

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Bay City State Police Trooper Raymond Brotebeck puts a tracking harness on his dog, Bismarck. December 1968 2of20

Bay Metropolis State Police Trooper Raymond Brotebeck places a monitoring harness on his canine, Bismarck. December 1968 

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Bismarck, the tracking dog of  the Bay City State Police post, is on the scent of a 4of20

Bismarck, the monitoring canine of  the Bay Metropolis State Police publish, is on the scent of a “sufferer,” portrayed by Auburn Police Chief Thomas Gillman. December 1968

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Michigan State Police Sgt. Gordon Gotts, president of the 1,460-member Michigan State Police Troopers Association, with 166,000 signatures of Michigan registered voters who have signed a petition to put the issue of collective bargaining for state troopers and sergeants on the 1978 General Election Ballot. Gotts, who stands at 6 foot 4 inches, is shown with a stack of signed petitions. January 19785of20

Michigan State Police Sgt. Gordon Gotts, president of the 1,460-member Michigan State Police Troopers Affiliation, with 166,000 signatures of Michigan registered voters who’ve signed a petition to place the problem of collective bargaining for state troopers and sergeants on the 1978 Basic Election Poll. Gotts, who stands at 6 foot 4 inches, is proven with a stack of signed petitions. January 1978

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Bay City State Police Trooper Raymond Brotebeck, wearing an arm pad, works out with Rex, Auburn's tracking dog as Auburn Police Chief Thomas Gillman holds the leash. December 19687of20

Bay Metropolis State Police Trooper Raymond Brotebeck, sporting an arm pad, works out with Rex, Auburn’s monitoring canine as Auburn Police Chief Thomas Gillman holds the leash. December 1968

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Lt. Ken Anderson and Capt. James Gage, district commander, at an open house of the new Michigan State Police post in Gladwin. December 19888of20

Lt. Ken Anderson and Capt. James Gage, district commander, at an open home of the brand new Michigan State Police publish in Gladwin. December 1988

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Bay City State Police Trooper Raymond Brotebeck, left, and Auburn Police Chief Thomas Gillman with their dogs at the end of a weekly dog refresher course. December 196810of20

Bay Metropolis State Police Trooper Raymond Brotebeck, left, and Auburn Police Chief Thomas Gillman with their canines on the finish of a weekly canine refresher course. December 1968

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Mrs. Russell Hyatt of South Homer Road, receives a life saving certificate from Sgt. Daniel Kostrzewa, commander of the Mount Pleasant State Police post in recognition for saving the life of Penny Corwin, daughter of State Police Trooper George Corwin from drowning in the Chippewa River. Looking on, from left, are Barryton residents Jerry Wyan, Gerald Sherman and Edward Schade, who are credited with assisting Hyatt, and Trooper Corwin. Hyatt is a nurse at Midland Hospital. March 197111of20

Mrs. Russell Hyatt of South Homer Street, receives a life saving certificates from Sgt. Daniel Kostrzewa, commander of the Mount Nice State Police publish in recognition for saving the lifetime of Penny Corwin, daughter of State Police Trooper George Corwin from drowning within the Chippewa River. Wanting on, from left, are Barryton residents Jerry Wyan, Gerald Sherman and Edward Schade, who’re credited with aiding Hyatt, and Trooper Corwin. Hyatt is a nurse at Midland Hospital. March 1971

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Lt. Chris Rundle is the new team commander at the Gladwin Post of the Michigan State Police. He replaced Dave DeVries, who retired a month earlier after 24 years of service. August 199213of20

Lt. Chris Rundle is the brand new crew commander on the Gladwin Submit of the Michigan State Police. He changed Dave DeVries, who retired a month earlier after 24 years of service. August 1992

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Michigan State Police Trooper Bill Witt and his German shepherd partner, Dutch, demonstrate how they begin by first picking up a scent on a search and rescue or crime scene. March 199314of20

Michigan State Police Trooper Invoice Witt and his German shepherd associate, Dutch, display how they start by first selecting up a scent on a search and rescue or crime scene. March 1993

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Michigan State Police Trooper Joe Labelle of the Bay City post and his dog, Fix, a sable German shepherd from Czechoslovakia, have been working together for 18 months. April 199716of20

Michigan State Police Trooper Joe Labelle of the Bay Metropolis publish and his canine, Repair, a sable German shepherd from Czechoslovakia, have been working collectively for 18 months. April 1997

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Michael Smith and Matt Harper pose for a photo at the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing. They are members of  Midland Law Enforcement Post No. 2795 and attended the academy with scholarships from The American Legion Post 443 in Sanford and American Legion Post 165 in Midland. September 199717of20

Michael Smith and Matt Harper pose for a photograph on the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing. They’re members of  Midland Legislation Enforcement Submit No. 2795 and attended the academy with scholarships from The American Legion Submit 443 in Sanford and American Legion Submit 165 in Midland. September 1997

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After receiving awards for meritorious conduct, Midlander Jeff Pnacek, far right, and Department of Natural Resources Officer Creig Grey, second from left, relax with some attendees of the ceremony at the Michigan State Police Bay City post. From left, state police Captain Tim Rod, Connie Grey and DNR Lieutenant Al Marble. Pnacek and Grey, along with Midlander Ken Augustine were awarded certificates from state police Commander Michael D. Robinson for their efforts in helping the state police arrest a suspect. October 199819of20

After receiving awards for meritorious conduct, Midlander Jeff Pnacek, far proper, and Division of Pure Sources Officer Creig Gray, second from left, calm down with some attendees of the ceremony on the Michigan State Police Bay Metropolis publish. From left, state police Captain Tim Rod, Connie Gray and DNR Lieutenant Al Marble. Pnacek and Gray, together with Midlander Ken Augustine have been awarded certificates from state police Commander Michael D. Robinson for his or her efforts in serving to the state police arrest a suspect. October 1998

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It was within the late Sixties that Auburn’s police chief Thomas Gillman wished to make his neighborhood a safer place.

Gillman, 29, who had served the neighborhood for 3 years, adopted a German shepherd to assist monitor down housebreaking suspects. He sought skilled coaching for his canine, Rex, from Trooper Raymond Brotebeck, a Michigan State Police canine handler on the Bay Metropolis publish.

Each Thursday the 2 labored their canines — Brotebeck had a monitoring canine, Bismarck — on the Gillman residence the place the canines practiced monitoring, leaping hurdles and different workout routines, together with “chase and maintain.”

In accordance with a Midland Every day Information article in 1968, German shepherd canines have been donated to the Michigan State Police from people. They have been males, averaged between 12 and 18 months outdated and weighed between 65 and 94 kilos. 

The canine coaching kennels have been at Houghton Lake, however a lot of the particular area coaching occurred close to Grayling. The canine was skilled to find lacking or misplaced youngsters, fugitives from justice or to trace down lacking or stolen property.

Bismarck and Rex have been instrumental in catching an tried burglar in 1968 at Auburn Bean and Grain.

Throwback is compiled by former Every day Information managing editor, Lori Qualls. She will be contacted at loriquallsmdn@gmail.com.

Lori Qualls retired as Every day Information managing editor in early 2021, after 36 years of employment. She graduated with a journalism main and Earth science minor from Central Michigan College. She has obtained quite a few writing awards through the years, the most recent being a 2020 second place award for function writing and a 2019 greatest column award from the Michigan Press Affiliation. She enjoys listening to basic rock on vinyl information and watching the sky, each night time and day.



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