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Eighty recruits become State Police Troopers



Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced Monday, November 3, that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 80 new troopers following the graduation of the 127th Trooper Recruit School. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at last Friday’s ceremony.

“These new Michigan State Troopers should all be proud of their accomplishments in proving they have what it takes to enter this elite force,” Snyder said. “We’re so proud of these men and women devoting their careers to public safety and we thank them for their courage and professionalism in service to all Michiganders. We wish them all long, safe and fulfilling careers in the service of our great state.”

“As you accept the honor of becoming troopers, I expect you to keep sacred the public’s trust in you and in the Michigan State Police,” Etue said. “The department demands and the public deserves nothing less than your very best performance every day. It is your duty to provide service with a purpose, serving those citizens who choose to break the law and those who choose not to break the law.”

Tpr. Tara LaMilza, of St. Clair Shores, who was elected Class Orator by her fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class. Other award recipients included Tpr. Michael Thomas, of White Lake, who received the Team Building Award and the Outstanding Performance Award; Tpr. David Deuman, of Sault Ste. Marie, who received the Marksmanship Award; and Tpr. David Williams, of Rockford, who received the Academic Achievement Award.

The 127th Trooper Recruit School began on June 8, when 98 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.

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 with the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, Woldumar Nature Center and Potter Park Zoo.

Graduating recruits will report to their respective MSP posts across the state for duty this week. Area grads include Tpr. David Williams, of Rockford, who will report to the Lansing Post; Tpr. Chadwick Bloom, of Rockford, reporting to the Metro Post; and Tpr. Lance Veldkamp, of Rockford, reporting to the Hart Post. Three other recruits will be assigned to the Rockford Post: Tpr. Andrew Rothermal, of Wyandotte; Tpr. Kevin Sanders, of Dearborn  Heights; and Tpr. Kyle Sanford, of Muskegon. Reporting to the Lakeview Post will be Tpr. Jarrod LaBelle, of Bay City; and Tpr. James Yates, of Goshen, Indiana.

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

The next trooper recruit school is expected to start early next year.

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