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MSP 131st Trooper Recruit School Graduates 


 

Forty-one become State Police Troopers, debut new Campaign hats 

n-msp-grads-131-trooper-recruit-gradsForty-one new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers reported for work at MSP posts across the state last week following graduation from the 131st Trooper Recruit School on December 22. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Lansing Center.

“As these new troopers travel home to be with their loved ones for the holidays, they can leave proud knowing they have what it takes to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police,” stated graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. “We wish them safety each and every day and hope they enjoy long and rewarding careers serving and protecting the residents of our great state.”

Troopers are wearing MSP’s new Campaign hats, a nod to what enforcement members wore until the early 1920s.

Troopers are wearing MSP’s new Campaign hats, a nod to what enforcement members wore until the early 1920s.

Today’s graduation ceremony also marks the debut of MSP’s new Campaign hats, a nod to what enforcement members wore until the early 1920s. All active enforcement members were given the opportunity to vote on whether the department should make the uniform change for its 100th Anniversary, which will be celebrated across the state throughout 2017. All active enforcement members began wearing the hats on Dec. 22.

In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “You have joined the MSP family at a very exciting time. As our newest troopers and the last recruit school to graduate in 2016, you are now part of our department’s history and you will help determine its future. I expect you to do what’s right, to do your best and to treat others the way you want to be treated. In everything you do, I ask that you provide ‘Service With a Purpose.’”

Tpr. Thomas Gladney III was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Brett Nichols, who received the Academic Achievement Award and Team Building Award; Tpr. Trevor Baesch, who received the Marksmanship Award; and Tpr. Antonio Palmer, who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

Troopers assigned to the Sixth District Rockford Post include Ross Crofoot, of Freeland; Aaron Damstra, of Byron Center; and Jared Orban, of Suttons Bay.

Troopers assigned to Lakeview include Paul Fry, of Roseville; Daniel Hickey, of Lake George; and Anthony Marcelin, of Queens, New York.

The 131st Trooper Recruit School began on July 17, when 50 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 23 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.

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.

As part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in community outreach projects in which they donated food to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing and packaged food for Capital Area Community Services.

The 131st Trooper Recruit School is the third of four trooper recruit schools this year, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school. The

21st Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School started August 28, 2016 and will graduate January 6, 2017. The 132nd Trooper Recruit School started August 28, 2016; will graduate February 3, 2017.

The MSP is actively recruiting; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

Including these troopers, there are currently 1,065 troopers assigned statewide.

 

 

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Ninety recruits become State Police Troopers


N-Trooper-graduationMichigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 90 new MSP troopers following the graduation of the 124th Trooper Recruit School. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at the March 29 ceremony.

“The graduates of the 124th Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School will play a critical role in public safety for our state, helping make communities and neighborhoods safer for our families and our economic vitality,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “These new troopers should all be proud of their accomplishments in proving they have what it takes to enter this elite force. On behalf of Michiganders, thank you for your commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to our great state. We owe you a debt of gratitude, and wish you all long, safe, and rewarding careers.”

Funding made available as part of Governor Snyder’s public safety plan allowed for the hiring of 180 troopers in FY13, which includes this graduating class and the 78 troopers who graduated from the 123rd Trooper Recruit School in October 2012. These additional troopers will help support law enforcement efforts in the state’s most violent cities of Flint, Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw, as well as underserved communities throughout the state.

“To accept the honor of becoming a trooper is to also embrace and recognize the department’s proud traditions and high standards of service through excellence, integrity and courtesy,” said Etue, during her address to the recruits. “You have a mission to serve and protect because policing is a duty of the highest honor—with the highest responsibilities, the highest visibility and some of the greatest challenges. The department demands and the public deserves nothing less than your best every day.”

“With this graduation, not only do these recruits become troopers, they and their families are now members of our Michigan State Police family and part of a 96-year proud tradition,” added Etue.

Tpr. Christopher Phillips, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class before receiving the Team Building Award. Other award winners included Tpr. Gideon Paetz, who received the Marksmanship Award; Tpr. Scott Josephs who received the Academic Achievement Award; and Tpr. Brian Russell who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

The 124th Trooper Recruit School began on October 28, 2012, when 114 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy. For the past 22 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.

Of the 90 graduating recruits, 78 have continued their education with college studies, 16 have served in the United States Military and 12 have prior law enforcement experience.

The department solicited over 2,000 potential candidates for the 124th Trooper Recruit School. Sgt. Kevin Rod was the Recruit School Commander. 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.

The 125th Trooper Recruit School is set to begin May 12, 2013, and an additional trooper recruit school is anticipated in early 2014. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

As of March 2, 2013, there were 886 at-post troopers stationed at 29 posts across Michigan.

Assigned to the MSP Post in Rockford is Tpr. Jacob Cox, of Dowagiac; Tpr. Timothy Dixon, of Kalkaska; and Tpr. Jessica Hemingway, of Hillsdale. Assigned to the Lakeview Post is Tpr. Jennifer Nowicki, of Byron Center; Tpr. Kyle Rademacher, of Eagle; and Tpr. Daniel Richter, of St. Clair. Assigned to the Hart Post is Tpr. Alexander Hammerle, of Mt. Pleasant; Tpr. Aaron Tubergen, of Holland; and Tpr. Barry Wolf, of Howard City.

 

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