Hometown heroes prepare for State Police careers
On Sunday, May 12, 80 prospective troopers reported to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing for the first day of the 125th Trooper Recruit School.
For the next 21 weeks, between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the recruits will receive training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.
Current MSP members and academy staff, including a school commander, assistant commander and 17 troopers from across the state are assigned to the MSP Training Academy to provide instruction on a temporary basis. Because the school is a residential program, the recruits are only allowed to leave the MSP Training Academy from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate on Oct. 4, 2013.
“Starting yet another trooper recruit school is good news for the department,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “It is our hope these recruits will successfully meet and exceed the challenges they will face during these next few months, after which time they will join the proud men and women of the Michigan State Police who serve in communities statewide with excellence, integrity and courtesy, alongside public safety professionals across the state.”
The department solicited over 3,000 potential candidates for the 125th Trooper Recruit School. Special emphasis was given to recruiting military veterans and certified police officers without employment. In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.
Another trooper recruit school is anticipated to begin in early 2014. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.
As of April 27, 2013, there were 970 at-post troopers stationed at 29 posts across Michigan. Ninety troopers graduated from the 124th Trooper Recruit School on March 29, 2013.