SL Twp. hosts training

Officers in riot gear, protestors, explosions, smoke and fire could be seen at a local fire station earlier this week.
Becky Vargo
Apr 25, 2014

More than 100 police officers, firefighters, reserve officers, cadets, paramedics and members of the Civil Emergency Response Team participated in the training exercise at Spring Lake Township’s fire station on 174th Avenue.

The scenario was a state senator introducing a bill to eliminate hunting in Michigan, said Capt. Lee Hoeksma of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. The announcement attracted an angry crowd.

Police dressed in protective gear marched in formation and pushed back the protestors to make way for firefighters and paramedics. The firefighters needed to put out the car fires, while the paramedics needed to help those “injured” in the explosions.

Hoeksma said the event was a success because it allowed them to test multiple responses. The officers like to do it because it’s something different, he said.

“It also gives them some good training,” Hoeksma said.

Training began at about 2 p.m. Monday with the mock exercise culminating the day.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, with the help of Ottawa County Emergency Services, hosts a Mobile Field Training every two years.

“Basically, it’s riot training,” Hoeksma said.

To read the whole story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Tri-cities realist

If PETA had its way, this would not be a training exercise.

Mystic Michael

So you're saying that PETA would actually OPPOSE a bill to ban hunting? Because PETA actually SUPPORTS the shooting of wild animals?

I see. So when did PETA reverse its animal rights position, to embrace the animal slaughter position?

Tri-cities realist

Nope that's not what I said. I can't believe I have to explain my previous comment, so I won't. Please re-read it and see if you can comprehend its meaning, as I'm sure others here were able to do.

Back to the Wall

Stand down civillian!
Nothing to see here, move along.
We cannot have demonstrations against overzealous members of the protected legislative class. If clubbing doesn't work, we'll gas then shoot you.

See? Pictures!
This is what you'll be up against if you step out of line.

Just another sign of the occupation.

Barry Soetoro

All that's missing is the MRAP.

(Note the NYT link)

Back to the Wall

They're slated to be unvieled in the next phase of "Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Drama" - stay tuned!

A proper state of affairs is when a government fears its people, not a people fearing its government.


Didn't you hear?...they are going to be the new patrol cars for the area. With this new model, they will always have armored vehicles at the ready.

Mystic Michael

I can see it now: Thousands of angry Homers, muttering vague threats with their beer breath. Nothin' but red flannel and camouflage and dayglo orange vests & caps so far as the eye can see.

Yep. Sounds like the Michigan I remember...

Back to the Wall

Whoo hoooo!!!
Insults and name calling!!!

Another disciple of divisive politics.

Springfield needs you back.


Amazing isn't it. That Ivory tower must give MM a better view of how things should be.

Tri-cities realist

I'm sure the Mythical one is happier where he lives now, and I doubt too many here miss him.

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