Mid-Michigan State Police sergent honored for long-term contributions to traffic safety

 Michigan State Police (MSP) Sgt. Lance Cook of the Mt. Pleasant Post will be honored at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) annual awards luncheon Wednesday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing for his expertise in traffic safety.


The commission honors organizations, programs and individuals for outstanding contributions to traffic safety. The awards luncheon is part of the 19th Annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit. Three Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement awards and three long-term awards are being presented.

Cook will receive the Richard H. Austin Long-Term Traffic Safety Award, which is presented to individuals or organizations who have made significant long-term contributions to the field of traffic safety.

Cook has devoted his 25-year career to traffic safety education and enforcement. With his many training courses, publications and educational materials, Cook has impacted the careers of most police officers currently patrolling in Michigan.

During his career, Cook has analyzed traffic-related legislation, published traffic-related educational materials, promulgated administrative rules on breath testing, developed and conducted training courses and served as an instructor for traffic law, speed measurement, breath testing, driver education, traffic incident management and traffic crash investigation.

Prior to joining the MSP, Cook served at the New Haven Police Department and Isabella County Sheriff’s Office. He worked traffic crash reconstruction and alcohol enforcement at both agencies, eventually leading each agency in impaired driving arrests.

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