By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor
Michigan Association of Police (MAP) was formally recognized with a Special Tribute from the Governor's office in honor of the Union's 40th Anniversary during MAP's 39th Annual Open House on Dec. 8, 2023.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Policy Advisor Aaron Sepulveda presented the framed honor on behalf of the Governor and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, which lauds and thanks MAP for four decades of public service.
“Police are some of the kindest, most thoughtful and sacrificial members of our communities,” Sepulveda said. “It’s probably never been harder to be a police officer with COVID, the re-opening of the state, and the mental health crisis.”
“Let it be known that we would like to extend our deepest gratitude and congratulations to the Michigan Association of Police upon their 40th anniversary,” the Governor’s Special Tribute states. “Throughout the course of their history, the Michigan Association of Police has remained irrevocably committed to protecting communities and promoting safety within the state of Michigan and beyond … Michigan Association of Police has shown what dedication to public service truly means and has served as a model for the communities all over Michigan for 40 years.”
“We would also like to recognize the past 40 years they have spent making the community and state a safer place for all Michiganders,” states the tribute signed by Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist.
MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner and the MAP Executive Board expressed their own appreciation to the membership by presenting some of the longest standing and newest member groups’ Local Executive Board members with Certificates of Service and MAP 40th Anniversary Challenge Coins which state “On Guard for Your Rights” on one side, and MAP’s core values of “Truth, Honor, and Integrity” on the other.