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Alpena Post Sergeant Named 2013 Trooper of the Year

Contact: F/Lt. Mike Hahn, Alpena Post Commander, (989) 354-3029
Agency: State Police

D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar

LANSING, MICH.  Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar of the Alpena Post is the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award. Pintar received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing today.

The Gerstacker Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.

"Detective Sergeant Pintar's exemplary work performance, leadership skills and extensive community involvement make her an excellent choice for this year's Trooper of the Year award," stated Etue.

A 17-year veteran of the department, Pintar is known for her extensive knowledge in law enforcement and her advanced training expertise. She has completed homicide investigation training, Medical Legal Death Investigation School, Basic Detective School, Scan Investigative School and Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation School.

She has taken a leadership role in multiple work and community-related programs. She is well-known for her efforts with Iosco PRIDE, a program that brings anti-drug, alcohol and bullying messages to school and community groups. She has received national recognition for her efforts and the program has been ranked first and second in national competitions.

Pintar enlisted with the department in 1996, graduating as a member of the 114th Trooper Recruit School. Upon graduation, she was assigned as a trooper at the East Tawas Post. In 2011, she transferred to the West Branch Post and in 2013 she was promoted to detective sergeant and transferred to the Alpena Post where she currently resides.

Pintar and her husband, Mark, who is a sergeant at the MSP West Branch Post, reside in Tawas City with their two daughters.

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