By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor
Sterling Heights Road Patrol Officer Ken Mercer appreciates all that Michigan Association of Police (MAP) has done for his department’s officers over the years, so seeking appointment, then election to MAP’s Executive Board made perfect sense as a way for him to give back.
Mercer was initially appointed to the vacant Treasurer's position Oct. 31, 2023 following former Treasurer Rob Ginther’s appointment to Executive Board President in September. During the Dec. 8 MAP Executive Board meeting, Ginther was elected President and Mercer was elected Vice President.
“I’ve always had an interest in being part of the MAP Executive Board and the opportunity presented itself,” Mercer said. “Sterling Heights Police has been a charter member of MAP. We would like to continue being a positive force of MAP. We’re thankful for everything that MAP has provided us over the years.”
A 26-year veteran of his department, Mercer has been a MAP member his entire career, serving on the Sterling Heights Police Officers Association board for the past decade. He was elected the Local Vice President for eight years before serving as Local President the past two years.
“I was a Detective for 15 years. Two of them, from 2004 to 2006, I spent with the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (DFAT), a division of the U.S. Marshals Service,” he said of the specialized unit charged with tracking down and arresting dangerous fugitives who have fled from justice.
During that same period, he lent a hand to Sterling Heights Fire Department, serving as an Origin and Cause Investigator assisting in fire investigations since 2003.
For the past 13 years, Mercer has been at the ready as a Sterling Heights Special Response Team (SRT) member. Sterling Heights SRT is part of a consortium including five other police departments, providing access to over 100 specially trained officers who are deployed in high-risk situations requiring advanced police tactics. He has served as an Assistant Team Leader since 2014 and was recently appointed as SRT Team Leader by the Sterling Heights Chief of Police. As Team Leader, Mercer is responsible for supervising the assigned Team Members during training exercises and SRT Deployments.
Mercer is eager to share his labor relations knowledge benefiting MAP members statewide and assisting with the movement to expand Union membership.
“I’d like to continue our growth through obtaining new departments,” he said. “I just really want to learn more about how the board works and continue to keep the professionalism MAP is known for going throughout the state and with other agencies.”