Local police utilize MIS


Watching cars being pushed to the limit with exuberant amounts of speed is what makes Michigan International Speedway special. However, this happens more than just during two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends every June and August.

In fact, if you are observing cars driving around MIS at high speeds in October you are more than likely watching one of the many law enforcement agencies that conduct pursuit training at MIS. Over the years, the Irish Hills track has offered track time for pursuit training, which takes place from April to October.

MIS has provided $225,000 of complimentary track rental to law enforcement agencies in 2008 and more than $1 million since the speedway began hosting police training in 2000.

“We have a facility that is centrally located for our local police agencies to conduct their training,” MIS Director of Operations Barry Gibson said. “It is important that we provide a safe environment for them.”

The Southern Michigan Criminal Justice Training Consortium, which is made up of law enforcement agencies from Jackson and Lenawee Counties, as well as the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office have utilized the track for pursuit training and classroom work in 2008. These two groups have had officers from all over the state participate in the training.

“It would really be difficult to find another facility like MIS to do this type of training,” Napoleon Twp. Police Chief and head of the consortium Mike Curry said. “MIS is conveniently located in Jackson and Lenawee Counties and the track has been a very helpful place for local police agencies over the years. It’s been nice for us.”

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office has been hosting pursuit training at MIS every September and October for over eight years.

“We can’t say enough about MIS and how much we appreciate them letting us utilize their facility for training,” Ingham County Sergeant Steve Sopocy said. “The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting training at MIS for many years and we enjoy coming back every fall.”

MIS has restructured some of its pricing for 2009 so fans who feel the economic pinch can keep MIS in their 2009 vacation planning. New in 2009 are general admission seats for NASCAR Sprint Cup races that start at just $40 in two grandstands. Children 12 and under may come to the races for free with their families in those seats.   

Tickets and camping will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Feb. 15 during the season-opening Daytona 500. For additional information or to place a non-refundable, $50 deposit for 2009, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010.

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