September 29, 2014
Week 15 began with 11 recruits returning to the MSP Training Academy.
This week, the recruits continued to receive instruction on CVSA and learned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations pertaining to the mechanics of a commercial vehicle. MSP motor carrier officers check commercial vehicles for equipment violations to help prevent vehicle crashes and loss of life due to mechanical failures. During training, the recruits received instruction on the inspection procedure to follow while checking commercial vehicles for equipment violations.
On Friday morning, the recruits received their post assignments from Lt. Col. Gary Gorski, deputy director of the Specialized Services Bureau. Receiving his/her post assignment is an important milestone for a recruit. Although there are still four weeks left in recruit school, it gives the recruits a glint of light at the end of the tunnel.
Week 15 ended with 11 recruits released for weekend furlough.
September 25, 2014
Week 15 began on Sunday evening with 82 recruits returning to the Training Academy.
Traffic safety is an important part of the MSP’s mission. One piece of this is drunk driving enforcement, and this week the recruits received classroom instruction on alcohol enforcement and the state’s operating while intoxicated law. The recruits also received instruction on standardized field sobriety tests and preliminary breath test training. Once the recruits are working the road, they will take the instruction they have received and use it to help make our roadways safer.
Throughout the week, the recruits continued to receive instruction in Patrols, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics. They also attended classes on warrant. Through continuous instruction in these core areas throughout the duration of the program, an individual is transformed from a recruit to a probationary trooper.
Eighty-two recruits were released on Friday evening for weekend furlough.
September 24, 2014
Week 14 began with 11 recruits returning to the Training Academy.
The recruits were able to experience high-speed driving on a five-mile closed course at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan. In this training, the recruits experienced how differently a patrol car performs at high rates of speed. They also learned the dangers associated with and considerations to be taken in performance of their duties when operating a vehicle at high rates of speed. They also experienced the closing rates one will experience when pursuing a vehicle with the intent of initiating a traffic stop and learned how to perform it safely.
Back in the classroom, the recruits were taught the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations pertaining to commercial motor vehicles. In this training they learn the very core of their future careers. By enforcing laws pertaining to hours of service, medical requirements, and licensing requirements, to name a few, these future motor carrier officers will protect our state’s infrastructure and keep the motoring public safe.
On Thursday night, the recruits participated in the Midnight Law Enforcement Torch Run to support Special Olympics. At midnight, the recruits left the Michigan State Capitol for a five-mile run joined by family members, Michigan State Police personnel, recruits from the 127th Trooper Recruit School, and the Lansing Community College’s Mid-Michigan Police Academy.
Week 14 ended with 11 recruits released for weekend furlough.