LANSING — The Michigan State Police Deputy Director Lt. Col. W. Thomas Sands is retiring effective Jan. 27. Sands, who most recently served as commander of the Field Support Bureau, is retiring after 32 years of service.

Sands joined the department in 1987. Following his graduation as a member of the 102nd Trooper Recruit School, he was assigned as a trooper to the Grand Haven Post. During his career, he has held several investigative positions, as well as several command positions, including serving as commander of the Jackson and Brighton posts.

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