Former Wyoming police officers get special recognition

Kent County

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Former police officers in Wyoming received special recognition Wednesday morning for their service.

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety hosted a presentation to recognize retirees as part of the 60th anniversary of the city. Wyoming was a township until Jan. 1, 1959.

Several retirees representing different decades attended the event, but the main focus was on the last living Wyoming Township police officers.

Lt. Dan Bigelow and Det. Bill Catlin were both hired in the late 1950s. Their tenures spanned 33 years and five police chiefs. 

Capt. Kip Snyder recognized the men with retirement badges before talking to the group about the important the important legacy all the retirees left the city.

“Wyoming is a special place. We feel like the legacy they left us as a police department, as part of the city, is about service,” Snyder told 24 Hour News 8. “It’s just about how we treat people and that’s important city-wide, from the city manager on down.”

The celebration also included discussion on how law enforcement has changed over the years, like officer recruitment and police policies. 

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