Old Mission Peninsula Deputies Sean Mugerian and Virnell France | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula Deputies Sean Mugerian and Virnell France | Jane Boursaw Photo
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One of our Community Police Officers (CPO), Sean Mugerian, will be leaving the OMP and has accepted a position as CPO with Long Lake Township.

Deputy Tony Martinez is replacing Sean, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet him at a “Coffee With a Cop” event on Thursday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Peninsula Market, 14111 Center Road. (Read more about Tony and see a selfie with me and the deputies here.)

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Our other CPO, Virnell France, will be joining Tony at the event, along with Community Service Trooper John Hetfield of the Michigan State Police.

The mission of “Coffee With a Cop” is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

I’ll have more info about Tony as soon as it’s posted on the Township website. And here’s a note from Sean…

Hello Everyone,

It saddens me to announce that I will be leaving Old Mission Peninsula in the coming weeks, as I have accepted a Community Police Officer position with Long Lake Township. I will still be with the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, I am simply changing venues.

Long Lake Township has been without a Community Police Officer for nearly a decade. I applied for the position knowing that it would be a difficult job to bridge the gap between the Sheriff’s office and the public when there has been such a void for so many years. But it is a challenge I am looking forward to, as I feel that Long Lake is the right place for me at this time in my career.

I wanted to thank you all for making my time on Old Mission Peninsula so wonderful. I have met some truly amazing people and wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. Deputy France will remain assigned to Peninsula Township, and Deputy Tony Martinez will be replacing me.

Deputy Martinez is a wonderful officer with years of experience. He shares my love for community policing and will be a great addition to the Township. Please give him a warm welcome.

Both Deputy France and Deputy Martinez will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event on Thursday, April 20th from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. This event will be held at the Peninsula Market. Feel free to stop by, drink some coffee, and meet your local law enforcement!

Thank you all again for your overwhelming love and support you have shown me. I have truly been blessed.

– Sean

Thank you, Sean, for your dedication to the Old Mission Peninsula community. We will miss you, but look forward to meeting and welcoming Tony to the community.

Meet our new OMP Community Police Officer at "Coffee With a Cop" | Coffee With a Cop Photo
Meet our new OMP Community Police Officer at “Coffee With a Cop” | Coffee With a Cop Graphic

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