January 23, 2020
Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Joe Gasper today recognized Tpr. Evan Alkema as the 2019 Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year, MC Inv. Justin Streichert as the 2019 Motor Carrier Officer of the Year and Ms. Sarah Leist as the 2019 Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year.
“Each of these three individuals is a shining example of the selfless and positive work your State Police is doing every single day in communities across Michigan,” said Gasper. “It makes me incredibly proud to recognize these employees for their efforts and to work alongside them in service to the state.”
The three received their awards at a special ceremony at the MSP Training Academy.
“I commend Tpr. Evan Alkema, MC Inv. Justin Streichert and Ms. Sarah Leist for going above and beyond the call of duty in their service to others,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Thank you for committing yourselves to a career in public service with the Michigan State Police and for your contributions to building a stronger state where our kids stay, our families thrive, and other people come to for opportunity.”
Trooper of the Year
Tpr. Evan Alkema of the Wayland Post was named Trooper of the Year.
The Gerstacker Trooper of the Year 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.
Alkema currently serves as a field training officer, drug recognition expert and a standardized field sobriety test instructor, in addition to his daily duties as a trooper. He is consistently among the highest performers in traffic and criminal complaint activity at his post.
Alkema enlisted with the MSP in 2014 graduating as a member of the 127th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Wayland Post, he served at the Houghton Lake Post.
Motor Carrier Officer of the Year
MC Inv. Justin Streichert of the Flint Post was named Motor Carrier Officer of the Year.
The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.
Streichert currently serves as a field training officer, recruiter and large truck and bus instructor, in addition to his daily duties as a motor carrier investigator.
Outside of work, Streichert takes great pride in mentoring young athletes by coaching basketball, football and baseball.
Streichert enlisted with the MSP in 2011, graduating as a member of the 17th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.
Civilian of the Year
Ms. Sarah Leist of the Intelligence Operations Division was named Civilian of the Year.
The MSP Civilian of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.
Leist serves as a departmental analyst for the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center in the Seventh District where she’s helped develop drug enforcement cases, assisted in cold case homicide investigations and played a pivotal role in more than 15 human trafficking operations.
In her community, Leist helped form a non-profit organization specifically for new moms and dads struggling through their child’s early years. She is a Limited License Mental Health Counselor and a member of the American Counseling. She volunteers at her local humane society with her children and is very involved in 4H.
Leist joined the MSP in 2017.