Niles post seeking ‘Angel’ volunteers

NILES — The Michigan State Police Niles Post is seeking volunteers to assist with the Angel Program, which allows an individual struggling with addiction to walk into any post and ask for assistance without fear of arrest or investigation.

Angel volunteers respond to assist MSP post personnel in locating the appropriate treatment option and with transporting the participant to a treatment center. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and meal expenses and once eligible (after 20 hours of service), receive an hourly stipend. Angels will be trained by MSP personnel on the responsibilities and expectations of being an Angel.

The MSP Angel Program is supported by P.A.A.R.I. (the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative) and is modeled after a similar initiative developed in 2015 by the Gloucester, Mass. Police Department.

The Niles Post will soon be conducting training for new volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about the MSP Angel program or becoming an “Angel” volunteer, please contact the Niles Post at 269-683-4411, or visit

State police recruiting seminar is Oct. 19

PAW PAW — The Michigan State Police will host a recruiting seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw St. Attendees are asked to arrive by 9:45 a.m., and attire is business casual.

The free seminar will explain the variety of career opportunities available, answer questions about recruit training and offer insight into the lifestyle of a trooper.

The minimum requirements for consideration of employment are as follows: Applicants must be at least 21, of good moral character and have no felony convictions; must be a U.S. citizen and a Michigan resident at the time of appointment to the academy; must possess a high school diploma or GED; and must have a satisfactory driving record and stable credit history.

The starting salary at the beginning of recruit school is $48,000 annually with a raise upon completion of one year.

To attend the seminar, RSVP to Trooper Kellie Shaffer at