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March 11, 2019, Canton, MI – The Canton Public Safety Department announces the retirement of Police Lieutenant Michael Steckel at the end of March.
Michael Steckel was hired by the department as a police officer in 1995. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and Lieutenant in 2014. In addition to time spent as a road patrol officer, Steckel was assigned as Canton’s first Youth Liaison Officer at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. The pilot program proved to be a success, and has since transitioned into the department’s current School Resource Officer program consisting of three officers assigned to the high school campus. Steckel also served two 4-year assignments as a detective in the department’s Investigative Unit. This background ultimately led him to be selected as the Investigative Sergeant, and later the Investigative Lieutenant, responsible for daily supervision of the special unit consisting of detectives, undercover officers and Ordinance Enforcement. Throughout his career both in the Patrol Division and Investigations, Steckel has been a team player and motivator of his peers and subordinates. He has received numerous awards and citations as well as written compliments from citizens who have been grateful for the kindness and professionalism displayed toward them.
“Lt. Mike Steckel brought a refreshing combination of knowledge, commitment and humor to the police department,” said Public Safety Director Joshua Meier. “Mike’s dedication to the organization and the residents he proudly served will be notably missed,” Meier adds.