REED CITY — Troopers at Reed City’s Michigan State Police Post are getting ready to close the front door and turn the key locking up for the last time.

Beginning on Oct. 16, some 19 former MSP posts will convert to detachments, which are facilities where troopers can start and end their shifts, store property/evidence and meet with the public by appointment.

Reed City’s post is one of them.

Detachments will not maintain public lobby hours.

Command and the legislature said it had to be done — is a money-saving move that will actually improve service and make operations more efficient.

In interviews following the announcement, it was pointed out that Troopers will actually still be out on the road and MSP presence on the highways and byways of Osceola County will not change.

Still, it’s impossible to say nothing is changing.

For the first time in decades, since the creation of a Reed City MSP Post, that Post will be closed to the public.

The lieutenant running the Mount Pleasant Post will be assigneed command of the Osceola County area with the statewide redistricting, placing Reed City at the furthest point from the new command’s administrative center.

People needing specific MSP services regarding Osceola County issues that can’t be handled locally by municipal or county law enforcement, will need to deal with the Mount Pleasant Post — in one way or the other.

There will be some administrative staff here in Reed City, but they will not be serving the public.

The post will become, in effect, a closed administrative center and a locker room.