The Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) is pleased to announce Officer Chris Leonard has been named Youth Services Unit (YSU) Officer for Mt. Pleasant High School.
Officer Leonard joined the MPPD in April 2022. Prior law enforcement experience includes, 13 years of service with the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections sergeant and road patrol deputy.
Chris received his corrections academy certificate from Mid-Michigan Community College and is a graduate of the Delta College Police Academy.
The YSU, in existence since 1996, is a valuable program which involves police positively interacting with youth at an early age. The YSU Officer spends a considerable amount of time in the schools and provides guidance and support to students when needed, ultimately forming lifelong bonds. The popular Youth Police Academy and Shop with a Cop are just a few of the programs hosted by YSU.
On September 23, 2022 at approximately 7:19 p.m. officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) Youth Services Unit were contacted by a Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Administrator. This administrator informed officers that a juvenile spectator at the Mt. Pleasant High School (MPHS) football game may have a gun in their possession.
Youth Services Unit Officers immediately made contact with the 17-year-old male suspect and asked him to step outside of the stadium. Once outside of the stadium gates, the male juvenile engaged in a physical fight with officers. A gun was located on the suspect and he was immediately placed into custody.
The juvenile suspect is not a student of the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools System.
This was an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public.
Anyone with further information are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Isabella County Central Dispatch 989-773-1000. This is an ongoing and open investigation.
The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Central Michigan University Police Department, Michigan State Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department.
Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well asvirtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Consider approval of purchase from JWC Environmental for a rebuilt 2022 channel grinder assembly.
Follow-up discussion on Youth Services Unit (YSU) Officer.
Consider resolution approving the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Social District and approve a budget amendment for the same.
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The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is pleased to announce the latest retirement and promotion news.
Sergeant Shawn Paull will be retiring on December 28, after more than 27 years of service to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD). Shawn began his career as an Officer in 1994, and was promoted to Sergeant in 1999. During his time with the MPPD, Shawn was a member of the Emergency Services Team, a leader of the Honor Guard, oversaw all maintenance for the Bike Patrol Unit, and was in the Youth Services Unit.
Shawn shared he will miss the comradery with his fellow officers, as well as the sense of purpose and personal pride that comes from serving the community.
Officer Justin Nau has been promoted to Sergeant and will assume his new duties on December 26. Justin possesses more than 13 years of law enforcement experience with 9 of those years with the MPPD. During his MPPD tenure, Justin has served as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Youth Services Unit Officer, Field Training Officer, and was a team leader on the Emergency Services Team.
Officer Joshua Theisen has been named Youth Services Unit Officer. This sole position has many responsibilities which include serving as the liaison between the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, business community, private organizations, law enforcement agencies, juvenile and adult courts, PEAK and Central Michigan University. In addition, this position takes a proactive approach to reducing and preventing crime by being involved with the community’s youth at a young age, and serving as a role model and providing guidance and support when needed. When school is not in session, the YSU Officer manages summer programs, such as the Youth Police Academy, and is on bike patrol.
Joshua joined the MPPD in 2015 and has worked road patrol. He is also a Motor Officer and is a member of the Emergency Services Team.
The 20th Youth Services Police Academy is scheduled for July 12 – 29, 2021, (Monday – Thursday) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This free program offers youth, going into grades 6-8 who have an interest in law enforcement, an up-close view of the skills and necessary training needed for law enforcement officials.
Mt. Pleasant Police Officers conduct the program in the manner of a real police academy with values such as teamwork, integrity, compassion and discipline being stressed. Cadets are required to participate in physical training and complete the same agility tests given to recruits during a standard police academy.
The curriculum also includes hands-on learning, field trips and demonstrations by specialized units such as the SWAT Team, K-9 and DNR. Classroom topics encompass crime scene investigations, traffic stops, marine patrol activities, firearm safety, first aid and CPR, and much more. Appropriate program adjustments will be made to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
Applications are now available at the Division of Public Safety, 804 E. High Street, during 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The application deadline is June 11, 2021.
The Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) is pleased to announce Officer Justin Nau has been named Youth Services Unit Officer, effective October 2019. This position was previously held by Officer Brandon Bliss who was promoted to Sergeant.
Officer Nau has 12 years of law enforcement experience, eight of those years with the MPPD. During his tenure, Officer Nau has been a member of the Emergency Services Team, served as a defense tactics, range and Taser instructor in addition to heading up the department’s Toys for Tots efforts.
The Youth Services Unit (YSU), in existence since 1996, is a valuable program which involves police positively interacting with youth at an early age. The YSU Officer spends a considerable amount of time in the schools and provides guidance and support to students when needed, ultimately forming lifelong bonds. The Youth Police Academy, Coneys for a Cause, and Shop with a Cop are just a few of the programs hosted by YSU.
The community is invited to enjoy $1.19 coney dogs while helping the youth of Isabella County at the 14th annual Coneys for a Cause from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at the Pixie Restaurant (302 N. Mission Street). All net proceeds will benefit the Mt. Pleasant Police Youth Services Unit (YSU) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Customers can purchase individual coney dogs for $1.19 at the restaurant, or they can pre-order to have the coney dogs delivered by a YSU officer, or a representative of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Delivery pre-orders must total $18 or more. Pre-orders will be taken until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 and must be emailed to email@example.com. Order forms can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org, under Quick Links.
The day will also feature the annual “Pixie Pig Out” contest at 7 p.m. Stop by to cheer on local law enforcement officers as they compete to consume the most coney dogs.
The community is invited to feast on their favorite local Coney dogs while helping the youth of Isabella County at the 11th annual “Coneys for a Cause” on June 14 at the Pixie Restaurant. All net proceeds will benefit the Mt. Pleasant Police Youth Services Unit and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Customers can purchase individual Coney dogs for $1.19 at the restaurant, or they can pre-order to have the Coney dogs delivered by an officer of the YSU or a representative of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
At 7 p.m., the annual “Pixie Pig Out” contest will begin. Stop by to cheer on the contestants as they compete to consume the most Coneys.
The pre-order form is available here. Forms must emailed by 3 p.m. on June 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Delivery pre-orders must total $18 or more.
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