Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 65 new MSP troopers following the graduation of the 125th Trooper Recruit School. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at this afternoon’s ceremony.
“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”
“Graduates as you accept the honor of becoming a Michigan State Police trooper, I ask that you embrace and appreciate the department’s 96-year tradition of providing service with excellence, integrity and courtesy,” stated Etue. “The department demands and the public deserves your best every day. In everything you do, make it your goal to provide service with a purpose to the citizens of our state.”
Tpr. Donald Pisha, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class. Other award recipients included Tpr. Brennan Brophy who received the Team Building Award, Tpr. Mark Carroll who received the Marksmanship Award and Tpr. Jason Coon who received the Academic Achievement Award and Outstanding Performance Award.
The 125th Trooper Recruit School began on May 12, when 80 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy. For the past 21 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. Graduating recruits were assigned to MSP work sites across the state and will report to their respective posts for duty next week.
Trooper Roger Craig, of Greenville, has been assigned to the Metro Post in Oak Park, MI, on the southeast side of the state. The Rockford Post will welcome three new troopers: Tpr. Eric Brogger, of Allegan, Tpr. Brandon Golden of Wyoming, and Tpr. Lucas Van’t Hof of Holland. The Lakeview Post welcomes Tpr. Aaron McCormick of Marysville.
Of the 65 graduating recruits, 64 have continued their education with college studies, 14 have served in the United States Military and 12 have prior law enforcement experience.
Sgt. Kandyce Herr was the recruit school commander. 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.
The 126th Trooper Recruit School is set to begin early next year and an additional trooper recruit school is anticipated in late 2014. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.
As of Sept. 14, 2013, there were 903 at-post troopers stationed at 29 posts across Michigan.