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134th Trooper Recruit School Graduates


107 Recruits Sworn In as State Police Troopers

Michigan’s newest troopers—including a Cedar Springs graduate—will soon report to work at Michigan State Police (MSP) posts across the state after graduating from the 134th Trooper Recruit School on July 12. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Lansing Center.

“These men and women have chosen a noble and rewarding career of public service,” said graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. “I appreciate their dedication to serving the residents of our great state, and wish all of them safety on the job each day.”

In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “The desire of our newest members to want to influence positive change in their communities says a lot about the caliber of people joining our ranks today. In all things you do, do what’s right, do your best, and treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Tpr. David Brelinski III was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the ceremony. He also received the Team Building Award. Other award recipients included Tpr. Jared Carlson who received the Academic Achievement Award, Tpr. Christopher Kustra who received the Marksmanship Award and Tpr. Joshua Ashlock who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

Tyler Baker, of Cedar Springs, was also one of the graduates. He has been assigned to the Cadillac Post, in the seventh district.

The Rockford Post received six new troopers: Luke Greydanus, of Lansing; Christopher Hoolsema, of Grand Rapids; Ellis Rogers of Traverse City; Jeffrey Turnquist of Traverse City; and James Twist, of Ada. 

The Lakeview Post received five new troopers: Robert Dow II, of Grand Rapids; Dustin Garwood, of Grand Haven; Colin Gensterblum, of Portland; Spencer Goebel, of Belmont; and Alec Stewart, of Monroe.

The Hart Post received five new troopers: Michael Cuevas, of Manchester; Margaret Gazaryants, of Walled Lake; Erin McGarry, of Newaygo; Stephen Strom, of Gladstone; and Dillon Stuart, of Danville.

The Mount Pleasant Post received four new troopers: Thomas Barnes, of Portland; Kendon Berg, of Freeland; Isaac Kwiatkowski, of Pontiac; and Elizabeth Morgan, of Gladwin.

Those four posts make up the sixth district.

The 134th Trooper Recruit School began on Jan. 14, 2018, when 152 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 26 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, 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 community outreach and service, the recruits volunteered at Angel House and the Lansing Rescue Mission during their recruit training.

The MSP is actively recruiting for a trooper recruit school anticipated to begin in September; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

Including these new troopers, there are 1,269 troopers assigned statewide.

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129th Trooper Recruit School Graduates 


 

Forty-seven recruits become State Police Troopers 

N-MichiganStatePolice-logoLast Friday, August 26, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office to 47 new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers at the graduation ceremony of the 129th Trooper Recruit School at the Lansing Center.

“The troopers graduating today have demonstrated a dedication to hard work and perseverance to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police,” stated graduation keynote speaker, Gov. Rick Snyder. “I commend their commitment to public safety and service to their fellow citizens of our great state.”

In her address to the graduates, Etue said, “As you accept the honor of becoming troopers, I expect you to uphold the department’s proud tradition of service through excellence, integrity and courtesy. In all things, do what’s right, do your best and treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Five of the graduates will be stationed in the Sixth District: Michael Antuma, of Rockford, will be stationed at Rockford; Nicholas VanderMolen, of Allendale, will also be at Rockford; Kelly Julin, of Houghton Lake is at Lakeview; Jarrod Osborn, of St. Johns, will also be at Lakeview; and Megan Symonds, of Saline, will be also stationed at Lakeview.

Tpr. Dijon Ware, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and received the Team Building Award, spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. William Robbins, who received the Academic Achievement Award, Tpr. Javon Strickland who received the Marksmanship Award, and Tpr. Peter Oskvarek who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

The 129th Trooper Recruit School began on March 27, when 60 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. During their 22-week training, they received instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime

As part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in a community service project in which they collected and then delivered personal hygiene items to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing.

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 129th Trooper Recruit School is the first of four trooper recruit schools this year, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school:

  • 130th Trooper Recruit School began June 5, 2016; will graduate Nov. 4, 2016.
  • 131st Trooper Recruit School began July 17, 2016; will graduate Dec. 22, 2016.
  • 21st Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School starts Aug. 28, 2016; will graduate Jan. 6, 2017.
  • 132nd Trooper Recruit School starts Aug. 28, 2016; will graduate Feb. 3, 2017.

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

Including these new troopers, there are approximately 1,000 troopers assigned statewide.

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