ESCANABA - Escanaba Elks 354 has named Tony LaPlant the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Tony is a detective sergeant with the Escanaba Department of Public Safety. He started his professional law enforcement career at the age of 21 in 2000, but has been actively involved with law enforcement since 1998.
Tony is a graduate of Escanaba High School, Bay de Noc Community College, and the Northern Michigan University Regional Police Academy. He has served the community as a uniformed Public Safety officer and also worked in an undercover capacity with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET), and in the investigative capacity he is now assigned.
He holds certifications as a computer forensics examiner, mobile device examiner, traffic crash technician, evidence technician, among other various law enforcement and firefighting certifications. Tony has an affection for investigating technology and financial related crimes, including embezzlement investigations and investigations involving those who cannot help themselves, such as exploited children and vulnerable adults.
In his off time, Tony fosters his passion for helping people through civic involvement. He's a member of the Escanaba Elks Lodge 354 and the Escanaba Lions Club. He's a member of and on the Board of Directors for the Escanaba Country Club. In the spirit of benevolence, Tony chairs the Golf Committee at Escanaba Public Safety, which runs an annual golf tournament to help raise funds for local charitable organizations. Since its 2012 inception, thanks to overwhelming support of local business and the public at large, the Public Safety Golf Committee has directed over $15,000 to many deserving local projects and charitable organizations.
"No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude." - Author Unknown
Therefore, in honor of this award, Tony wishes to thank those whom he's emulated and modeled throughout his law enforcement career. This list includes his father, Gary LaPlant, as well as Darin Hunter, Jamie Segorski, Jay Johnston, Jim Hansen, Joe LeMire, Ken Vanderlinden, Kim Pepin, Ron Robinson, Thomas Hayward, Tom Draze, and countless unnamed others.
"For these men are the ones who deserve the acknowledgment," he said.