The Michigan State Police revealed earlier today that Alpena Post Trooper, Robert Mitchell is the 2017 recipient of the Corporal Samuel A. Mapes, Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award.
Mitchell was recognized at a ceremony in Lansing earlier today.
The annual award honors the top 5% of troopers in each district, Alpena being district 7.
Mitchell received the award for his hard work and dedication of working traffic stops including criminal investigations, domestic, breaking and entering, narcotics, and more.
Alpena Post Commander and Lieutenant, John Grimshaw Jr. said it was a tough decision, but Mitchell deserves this award.
“All the troopers here at the Alpena Post are all hardworking. This was a very close, I don’t’ want to say race…but the troopers here are very good at investigating crime and so most of the troopers here at the Post, if not all had multiple, multiple felony arrest so everybody’s doing a good job. Trooper Mitchell I’m very proud of him. He’s done a fine job which is pretty much what we expect from all of our troopers to go out there, serve the public services in Northeast Michigan and solve those crimes, because those crimes because there’s crime, there’s victims out there and we want to do the right thing for them,” Grimshaw Jr. said.
Mitchell along with the other recipients received a special service ribbon to wear on their uniform.
The ribbon has seven blue stars in honor of Corporal Mapes. Mapes was the 7th Michigan State Police Trooper to die in the line of duty.