October 23, 2014
Week 19 began with 11 recruits accounted for.
Over the last 19 weeks, the recruits have been tested and challenged in a multitude of ways. Physically, academically and mentally, these recruits have proven that they possess the strength of character that is vital for a successful career with the Michigan State Police. This is the last week of recruit school and the recruits have finally reached the goal they have been striving for. Nothing in the training academy is given, everything is always earned. Every part of the recruits’ uniform has been earned through their hard work and perseverance. On graduation day, the new officers finally earned their badge and the title of a Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Officer.
Week 19 ended with 11 motor carrier officers graduating from the 19th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.
October 23, 2014
Week 18 began with 11 recruits accounted for.
During the last full week of training before graduation, the recruits received instruction in a variety of areas. The week began with Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). The recruits are proficient in First Aid, however this training focuses on neutralizing the threat they are engaged while also rendering aid to themselves or a fellow officer. In their last week of Firearms instruction, the recruits qualified with their revolvers.
In the classroom, the recruits received instruction on responding to hazardous materials incidents. The recruits have been issued safety gear to protect themselves if they should ever come into contact with such an incident. The recruits have also learned the operation of the department’s 800 MHz radios, which the recruits will use every day during their shift for the rest of their MSP career. The radio is one of the most important tools an officer carries while on patrol. The radio keeps an officer a button touch away from being in contact with not only dispatch but also fellow officers that may be needed as backup.
Week 18 ended with 11 recruits being released for weekend furlough.
October 21, 2014
The recruits of the 127th Trooper Recruit School returned on Sunday evening with 80 recruits present and accounted for.
During Week 19, the recruits began to prepare for the comprehensive Legal exam. This exam is arguably the most difficult exam the recruits will take during recruit school. The recruits studied throughout the week in preparation for the exam but also had to utilize good time management skills to be prepared for other scheduled classes during the week.
Also this week, the recruits completed a two-day course taught by MSP Lt. Carl Rothenberger on small squad tactics also known as civil disorder procedure. After the classroom instruction, the recruits reported to the drive track for additional hands-on instruction in small squad tactics.
Eighty recruits were released on Friday evening for weekend furlough.