Earlier this month, 28 high school students experienced what it takes to become Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers through the American Legion Student Trooper Program. The program began on August 5 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing and ended with a graduation ceremony on August 10.
The week-long program, funded by the American Legion, is conducted by the MSP with assistance from deputies and local officers of Michigan police agencies. The program is designed for highly motivated young men and women who are seriously interested in careers in law enforcement. In order to attend, each student is responsible for securing his/her own sponsorship from one of the American Legion offices located throughout the state.
The program, which is patterned after a regular MSP trooper recruit school, promotes an educational experience for building teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals. Between physical training at 5:30 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the students learn about traffic and criminal law, defensive tactics, firearms and marksmanship fundamentals, first-aid, water safety, patrol tactics, crash investigations, law enforcement career opportunities, forensic science, conservation law, narcotics, and underwater recovery.
“Each student had the opportunity to get a taste of what it takes to become Michigan State Police troopers,” said Capt. Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Academy. “The Michigan American Legion Student Trooper Program promotes the importance of education and helps build teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals. The students also learn the importance of leadership and respect in order to serve as positive role models to others in their community.”
Congratulations to two youth from our area, Dalton Forman, of Sand Lake, and Jake Hiaeshutter, of Sparta, who graduated from the Student Trooper program!