April 22, 2014
Eighty six recruits returned to the Training Academy on Sunday night to start Week 15.
This week, the recruits broke up into squads. The first of four squads reported to the drive track to learn precision driving skills. This training is extremely valuable as driving is something troopers do almost everyday. The exercises will require recruits to maneuver the “Blue Goose” through various coned courses with very little room for error. The recruits will be instructed on controlled braking, off road recovery, skid control, and performance driving. While serving the citizens of Michigan, troopers are often called upon to respond to emergency situations. These emergencies frequently require troopers to respond quickly to save lives and protect the public. Safe and competent driving skills are invaluable.
The recruits continued to receive instruction in other core areas. In Firearms, the recruits began training with another long gun platform, the Remington 870 shotgun. In Defensive Tactics, the recruits were exposed to environmental inoculation. During this exercise, the recruits were required to utilize Defensive Tactics techniques while faced with wet, muddy conditions. In Patrols, the recruits had to respond to a driver simulating conditions of intoxication. During this scenario, the recruits put to use the training they previously received involving the investigation and enforcement of operating while intoxicated (OWI) traffic stops.
Fifteen weeks have now been completed, with only six weeks of training remaining. The week ended with 85 recruits present and accounted for.
April 16, 2014
On Sunday afternoon, 86 recruits returned to the Training Academy to begin the first full week of April. April marks the department’s 97th birthday and the MSP is rich in tradition and proud of its history. The contribution the MSP has made to provide the highest quality law enforcement and public safety services throughout Michigan is immeasurable. As members of the MSP, the recruits are now part of that history. Soon they too will be working hard to provide service with a purpose to the citizens they serve.
The MSP is dedicated to reducing the number of injuries and traffic deaths on the state’s roads. One way of doing that is through drunk driving enforcement. This week the recruits received classroom instruction on alcohol enforcement, which included lectures on OWI law by D/Sgt. Mike Church. The recruits also received instruction on standardized field sobriety tests and received preliminary breath test training from Sgt. Perry Curtis. Once the recruits are working the road, they will take the instruction received and use it to help make our roadways safer.
In Defensive Tactics, the recruits were exposed to the effects of chemical spray. When chemical spray is used, the effects are often felt by police officers. After being sprayed in the face, the recruits had to accomplish a series of tasks ending with the arrest of a suspect. The recruits continued to receive instruction in Patrols, Firearms, and First Aid. They also attended classes on warrant preparation taught by D/Sgt. Chris Corriveau. Through continuous instruction in these core areas over a 21-week period an individual is transformed from a recruit to a MSP probationary trooper.
At the end of Physical Training on Friday, the recruits were granted the privilege of having a guidon. A guidon is a small flag used to represent a military unit. For this class, the guidon signifies the 126th Trooper Recruit School. It is an honor to have and carry a guidon. The guidon will accompany the recruits to Physical Training and their classroom instruction so long as the recruits retain that privilege. Long after the 126th Trooper Recruit School ends, the guidon will remain to represent the men and women who were part of this recruit school.
At the end of the week, 86 recruits were still standing ready to face the challenges that still lie ahead.
April 7, 2014
Eighty six recruits returned Sunday night to start Week 13. The recruits have additional motivation with the realization that graduation is next month. Although there are still eight weeks of training remaining, graduation day will soon be here.
The recruits received additional instruction in traffic crash investigation from Lt. Gary Megge, Sgt. Allan Avery, Sgt. Kevin Lucidi, and Tpr. Chad Lindstrom. They were then given the chance to put that training to use while being dispatched to a scenario involving a personal injury crash. The weather made the scenario more realistic due to rain and cold temperatures. Weather conditions such as these are often faced by troopers while conducting traffic crash investigations.
Training this week was coordinated with the MSP Special Operations Division. The recruits were allowed to accompany an MSP canine team during a simulated tracking exercise. MSP handlers and their canines work extremely hard to help serve the citizens of Michigan whether running a track to locate a missing child, locate a suspect who has fled from a crime scene, or search for narcotics and explosives. During training, the recruits experienced firsthand the expertise needed when tracking a subject.
In Firearms, recruits continued training with their primary firearm. They were also introduced to a long gun weapon platform, the Colt M4 rifle. In Defensive Tactics, the recruits received training involving defense against edged weapons and vehicle extraction techniques. The recruits continued training in Patrols involving both felony traffic stops and building search techniques.
At the end of Week 13, the 126th Trooper Recruit School had 86 recruits accounted for.