2018-08-09 / News

Metro PD shows off new HQ

BY RYAN HICKS
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Officer Nick Paul introduces youngsters to K9 officer Rosco. Photos by Ryan Hicks Officer Nick Paul introduces youngsters to K9 officer Rosco. Photos by Ryan Hicks MUNDY TOWNSHIP – The new Metro Police Authority headquarters building is open and functional, tucked back behind the Hill Road Meijer. Wednesday, Aug. 3, they opened the door for a meet and greet, a quick ceremony to swear in new Chief Matthew Bade, and tours.

Out front, an officer is set up with a tent and a table, welcoming people, giving away kid-friendly freebies (water bottles, color-changing bracelets, stickers), and pointing people toward the front door.

The new PD building is no-frills, form meets function. Inside, 50 or so people are waiting for the six o’clock ceremony to swear in the new police chief in a central conference room. The chairs are all taken eventually, standing room only around the back. Conversation volume goes up and down as pockets of people find familiar faces and say hello.


Sgt. Todd Johnson handles the grill detail during the event that included giveaways, tours and Koegels. Photos by Ryan Hicks Sgt. Todd Johnson handles the grill detail during the event that included giveaways, tours and Koegels. Photos by Ryan Hicks The ceremony and information session is light-hearted and to the point. Swartz Creek Councilman Curt Porath is the MC. The old police chief is there to say some words. There is a group prayer. Speakers shared some background about why Swartz Creek and Mundy Township have joined forces to create the Metro PD in the first place, and why the new building makes sense (location, location, location - the potential for expanding the police coalition is on the horizon). The words ‘efficient’ and ‘effective’ are spoken often.

After the short speeches and handshakes, visitors are free to explore the building. It is made of offices and office space, converted into areas with labels on the doors like “Investigations.” For the open house, there’s also a table set up about Flint Crime Stoppers, with information and pamphlets available. Officers with dogs walk the hallways, chatting about the K9s, and the animals are handling the attention peacefully.


Metro Officer Ken Szmansky helps a little visitor try on some police riot gear during the Aug. 3 open house at the Metro Police Authority headquarters. Metro Officer Ken Szmansky helps a little visitor try on some police riot gear during the Aug. 3 open house at the Metro Police Authority headquarters. Further back, there’s lemonade, cookies, grilled Koegels, popcorn, and a chance to look at, and even get in, a police cruiser. Officer Ken Szmansky is putting vests and helmets on kids, who are visibly having a riot talking to him, in riot gear.

Holding this open house was a way for residents to connect with local police officers while also touring the new building, meeting the new chief, and forming new opinions about their relationships with the local cops, some of the work they do, and they equipment they use.

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