Background: Love was recently promoted from first lieutenant to captain and commander of the Michigan State Police Second District covering southeast Michigan.
As district commander, Love oversees the operation of seven posts covering the counties of Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. The posts provide personnel for traffic patrols, criminal investigations and emergency services, as well as staffing for task forces and special investigative units.
Prior to his promotion, Love served as a section commander and public information officer in the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. In this position, he was responsible for the management of the State Emergency Operations Center, coordination of the Michigan Citizen Corps Program and dissemination of information to federal, state, and local government agencies as well as the public during emergencies.
Love joined the MSP in 1988, and graduated as a member of the 104th Trooper Recruit School. In his 19-year career, he has served at the Niles, Detroit, Paw Paw, Metro North, Groveland and Adrian posts, as well as the Fire Marshal Division and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.
Love holds a bachelor’s degree in public safety studies from Siena Heights University.
(Note: The following testimonial was made as part of the Inauguration Ceremony of Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, who was installed as the 10th President of Siena Heights University Nov. 3, 2006.)
"For me, Siena is a little different.
I have more than 18 years of service with the Michigan State Police and have taken classes at three different colleges in attempts to complete my bachelor’s degree. Every time I changed schools, it was like starting all over again. I’ll be the first to say that going to school while working full-time is very challenging and sometimes seems like an endless journey. However, I’ve found that the faculty members at Siena are committed to doing what is necessary to help me attain my educational goals.
After a friend encouraged me to check out the programs at Siena, I met with the director of Distance Learning Programs at Siena’s College for Professional Studies. I was impressed with the friendly and professional assistance I received in assessing my credits and developing my personal educational plan, which is currently underway and going very well.
With my previous college credits, work experience, and in-service professional training, Siena’s Totally On-line Program will allow me to attain a bachelor’s of applied science degree with a major in public service less than 18 months from now. This is an ambitious plan for me that has already proven to be very demanding. However, the structure of the on-line program and the quality of Siena’s instructors and faculty make me confident that I can succeed.
I initially thought that taking all my courses online would make my educational experience more disconnected than that of other Siena students, but I was wrong. I’ve learned that Siena’s instructors are excellent at steering students to engage in online discussions and critical thinking that allow us to get the most out of the course content. The structure of the on-line discussions allows each student to express complete thoughts and opinions, which fosters a learning environment and on-line community that every student in the course benefits from. As a community of students at various stages in our respective careers, we are able to share real life stories as they apply to the course lessons, which makes the material actually come alive and increase our comprehension of the lesson.
I am thankful that Siena provides a program for me and people in my situation to complete my degree while living my life, working in a full-time career, and supporting my family. There’s no comparison to any other school out there. For me, Siena means success, and I am proud to call it my school, my Siena."