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128th Trooper Recruit School Begins 

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Hometown heroes prepare for State Police careers 

On Sunday, March 1, 85 prospective troopers reported to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing for the first day of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.

Included in those recruits was Joshua Greeno, of Sparta, Andrew Dusendang, of Rockford, and Robert Perry II, also from Rockford.

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.

“The start of a new recruit school is an exciting time for the department,” said 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 and come July, we will welcome each of them to the ranks of the Michigan State Police.”

Recruits who successfully complete recruit school will graduate on July 24, 2015.

In order to be selected to attend the 128th Trooper Recruit School, recruits had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.

Since 2011, with the support of Governor Snyder and the Legislature, the MSP has hired 430 state troopers, bringing the total number of troopers statewide to 1,023.

The MSP is actively recruiting for future recruit schools. To learn more about a career with the MSP, interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs or follow the recruits’ blog at http://msprecruits.wordpress.com.

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