By Jim Bloch
Port Huron has six new police officers patrolling the streets of the city.
Chief Joseph Platzer introduced the six new officers to Mayor Pro Tem Sherry Archibald and the city council at its regular meeting June 13.
“I want to welcome them to our department, welcome them to the family and introduce them to all of you,” said Platzer.
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The officers are Chelsea Koehn, Rebecca McAuliffe, Nathan Tomlinson, William Hoppe, Caleb Paul and BreAna Steinbauer.
Officer Chelsea Koehn
“Officer Koehn is a Port Huron Northern graduate,” said Platzer. “She went to Minnesota on a college sports scholarship. Worked several years in Minnesota as a police officer and recently returned to her hometown to be a police officer.”
Officer Rebecca McAuliffe
“Rebecca worked as a cadet with the White Lake Police Department and spent many years while growing up in the Blue Water Area watching her dad play softball here at Pine Grove Park,” said Platzer. “That’s what drew her to the area. She put in her application and we’re fortunate to have her here working for our agency.”
Officer Nathan Tomlinson
“Officer Tomlinson is a Port Huron Northern graduate,” said Platzer. “He’s worked for us for several years as a police cadet. He attended the Oakland Police Academy and it was nice that we were able to pay for Officer Tomlinson’s academy through the Hometown Hero Program.”
Officer William Hoppe
“Officer Hoppe went to Yale High School and went to play sports out of state,” said Platzer. “Returned to the area and worked as a deputy out of Macomb County Sherriff’s Office for several years and is now with our department.”
Officer Caleb Paul
“Officer Paul was a police cadet for us for over a year and is a recent graduate of the Oakland Police Academy,” said Platzer. “His first night was this past Saturday.”
Officer BreAna Steinbauer
“Officer Steinbauer was a police cadet for us for approximately two years and graduated from the Oakland Police Academy two weeks ago,” said Platzer. “Actually, this is her first night on road patrol with Officer Peck.”
Ashford urges diversification
The council members and the audience applauded the new officers.
“You all look so fine and everything,” said council member Anita Ashford. “I like the spirit of this and the emphasis behind it. The homegrown — Port Huron Northern. You came back home to service.”
All of the new officers appeared to be white. Ashford encouraged the chief to keep working on diversifying the department.
“Congratulations to all of you personally,” Ashford said. “We got a big job out there, as the chief was telling us. This is going to be a long hot summer.”
“This is the best of the best standing in front of you,” said Platzer. “This is the future of the Port Huron Police Department.”
The new officers paraded past the council table, shaking hands with members, City Clerk Cyndee Jonseck and City Manager James Freed.
Mayor Pauline Repp and member Rico Ruiz were absent.
Jim Bloch is a freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. Contact him at email@example.com.