Lake Saint Louis Retired Police Chief Michael T. Force has been presented with the “Hall of Fame” award from the Department of Public Safety by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
Retired Chief Force has dedicated his life and careers to protecting and helping others exemplify exceptional service, compassion and concern for others wellbeing.
For 22 years he served in the United States Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of Captain and became a military police officer. Captain Force was assigned duties of making death notifications to military families who’d lost loved ones while serving. His dedication to those families was driven by his desire to bring hope during a time of crisis. Based on his dedication to military service, he received a letter from the governor of Minnesota complimenting his efforts while overseeing the Toys for Tots program and his involvement in Operation Desert Storm.
After a successful military career, Michael T. Force went on to become the Chief of Police for Lake Saint Louis Police Department and retired in August 2017 after a 25-year career.
During his tenure in Lake Saint Louis, his values and priorities of God, family and service can be seen through his endeavors and accomplishments. For many years he served on the IACP Image and Ethics committee where he worked toward positively impacting the profession of law enforcement through development of ethical and value based programs.
In 2003 he became the president of the Missouri Police Chiefs’ Association where he worked with law enforcement executives toward policing models that revolved around helping others. In 2005 he became the president of the Missouri Police Chiefs’ Charitable Foundation. In 2006 he was appointed as the chairman of the Missouri Police Officer Standards and Training Commission that license law enforcement personnel statewide. Through this appointment he was able to continue to promote ethical standards for our profession adhering to honor and integrity for the benefit of both police officers and the public.
Michael T. Force went above and beyond to help younger people from taking the wrong path. His dedication to “doing the right thing” led him to counsel and mentor numerous teens and parents who were struggling. In 2013 he became the first Police Chief in Missouri to partner with Larry Lawton and the Reality Check Program. Per an independent study, this program is 90 percent effective in keeping younger people out of the criminal justice system and further displays Chief Force’s sincere compassion and dedication of service to people.
Governor Greitens also awarded 15 other Missouri public safety responders from across the state and two civilians who assisted law enforcement officers in emergency situations during Saturdays Missouri Public Safety Officers Recognition Day.