Sgt. Michael Ross Share

Mar 10, 2023  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on Police Sergeant Michael Ross has been with the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment since 2009 to serve cit­i­zens, and has been instru­men­tal in lead­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of officers.

Ross began in Patrol, served as a Detec­tive with the Joint Effort Against Nar­cotics (JEAN) Team, and is now a Patrol Sergeant active in Crime Scene Inves­ti­ga­tion and Firearms Instruction.

Sgt. Ross has a pas­sion for pro­tect­ing his home­town. He pur­sued the path of Crime Scene Inves­ti­ga­tion to help vic­tims get jus­tice. I love help­ing to be the voice of vic­tims who can­not speak for them­selves.” He also sees the need to lead oncom­ing offi­cers. We are a very young depart­ment now. I want to super­vise and help guide this next generation.”

For those apply­ing for or just begin­ning a career with the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment, Ross advised to fol­low the Gold­en Rule,” the prin­ci­ple of treat­ing oth­ers as one would want to be treated.

Before MPD, Ross served with the Grant Coun­ty Sheriff’s Depart­ment as a Jail Officer/​Training Offi­cer where he gained expe­ri­ence he said he need­ed to pre­pare him for his cur­rent career. 

Before land­ing his ide­al role with MPD, he gained a mul­ti­tude of expe­ri­ence along the way as a Field Train­ing Offi­cer, Des­ig­nat­ed Marks­man, Pri­ma­ry Instruc­tor, and mem­ber of the Emer­gency Response Team. He has par­tic­i­pat­ed in over 700 drug cas­es lead­ing to over 550 arrests dur­ing his time with the JEAN Team. Through expe­ri­ence and out­stand­ing work, Ross has received MPD’s Medal for Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice and the Award of Excellence.

Police Chief Angela Haley shared a bit about Ross’s char­ac­ter and work eth­ic. Sgt. Ross fol­lowed in his father’s foot­steps by becom­ing a Police Offi­cer. He is an excel­lent leader and men­tor to younger offi­cers. He is a devot­ed fam­i­ly man and cares about Mar­i­on and his fel­low offi­cers. We are for­tu­nate that he chose to stay and raise his fam­i­ly here, and work to make the com­mu­ni­ty a safer place for all.”

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