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Troopers graduate, others begin next academy

State Police seek applicants for next classes

Here in the Michigan State Police Sixth district, we welcome 10 new MSP troopers to area posts. They are part of the 57 troopers who graduated recently from the 139th Trooper Recruit School.

We welcome:

Sixth DistrictPost AssignmentHometown
Tpr. Carson CrookGrand RapidsAllendale
Tpr. Ryan DoyleGrand RapidsMarne
Tpr. Chad HopkinsGrand RapidsJenison
Tpr. Jesse KidnerHartMuskegon
Tpr. Aaron GilbertMt. PleasantAlma
Tpr. Alexander HutchinsMt. PleasantMt. Pleasant
Tpr. Kyle BostLakeviewClarksville
Tpr. Michael Clark IILakeviewHemlock
Tpr. Hannah MacMillenLakeviewSidney
Tpr. Travis RogersLakeviewBlanchard

During the ceremony in Lansing, in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was the keynote speaker, Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office to 57 individuals who began their assignments at MSP posts across the state this week.

The 139th Trooper Recruit School began on Sunday, March 7, 2021, with 75 prospective troopers, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. Recruits received training in patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, firearms, water safety, defensive tactics and precision driving.

“Today as we celebrate adding these 57 individuals to the Michigan State Police family, their future is laid out in front of them, full of opportunity and excitement,” said Gasper. “At a time when solidifying and growing relationships with the communities we serve is critically important, I know these newest troopers will rise to challenge, helping us to continue to deliver the very best in law enforcement services.”

Including the 57 graduates of the 139th Trooper Recruit School, there are approximately 1,215 troopers assigned statewide, and a total of 1,900 enlisted members in the MSP.

The next recruit school, the 140th Trooper Recruit School, began on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing with 74 prospective troopers. They are expected to graduate on Feb. 17, 2022.

With hundreds of trooper vacancies due to continued attrition, the MSP Recruiting and Selection Section and Training Division remain busy. The MSP is actively recruiting for future trooper recruit schools, including the 141st Trooper Recruit School, which is the department’s first recruit school for licensed law enforcement officers and the 142nd Trooper Recruit School. Persons interested in learning more should visit www.michigan.gov/MSPjobs for information on how to apply. 

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