Troopers look to stay safe on patrols
MSP says that Trooper Paul Butterfield did everything right when it came the procedure of a traffic stop, it was just one of those unfortunate situations where a trooper got ambushed.
And now M
onday's incident will serve as a harsh reminder to all troopers that they have a very dangerous job.
Anything and particularly negative consequences can arrive at any moment
," Lt. Kip Belcher, Michigan State Police Cadillac Post said.
he mindset is established on the first day of training
Always be prepared for a worst case scenario
while still obviously recognizing
rights and respecting those persons you do encounter," Lt. Belcher said.
MSP trooper goes through weeks of training in Lansing and throughout their career, go through drills to prepare for any situation.
You do everything right
you walk up to the car and if somebody is going to try to ambush you
you only have a split-second the react
," Lt. Derrick Carroll, Michigan State Police Gaylord Post said.
ut troopers will often remind you that sometimes training doesn't prepare you for the worst of situations
as we unfortunately saw
You never know who is in the vehicle
whatever mindset they have
they know what they've done
and we don't know what they have done," Lt. Carroll said.
nd even though a majority of people being pulled over are non-violent
troopers must treat every stop the same.
they will approach the vehicle with their hand on their holster
hey will shine lights on your mirrors so you can't see and approach each car quickly without notice
ll tactics to keep themselves safe
The average citizen looks at you and says
'Hey it's just me, is everything okay officer?'" Lt. Carroll said. "But remember we don't know you, we don't know anything about you, and we are approaching a complete stranger."