July 30, 2014
During Week 7, recruits were introduced to the Water Safety program. Recruits received instruction on various dives, jumps, strokes and rescue techniques that will be utilized throughout their careers in water emergencies. While on patrol in the state of Michigan, officers are never more than six miles away from a body of water. It is imperative that the recruits are well-trained on how to respond to a water emergency, whether it’s to help a potential drowning victim or to save themselves if they are in a life-threatening situation.
In Defensive Tactics, recruits practiced the ‘back-to–back’ drill, where two recruits sit on the ground, back-to-back and a training firearm is placed on the ground between them. On the instructors command, the recruits turn and scramble to gain control of the weapon before their classmate. This exercise emphasizes the importance of weapon retention. Recruits must be aware that in every situation they respond to there will be at least one weapon present–their own. Recruits are beginning to realize that weapon retention is important, as their weapon is only theirs as long as they have possession of it. It is vital that the recruits remain in control of their weapon at all times.
Preparing for their qualification shoot, recruits continued training on the range this week. Depending on the amount of points the recruits accumulate during qualifications, they will receive a shooting badge that will designate them as a sharpshooter, marksmen, expert or distinguished expert.
Week 7 ended with 12 recruits released for weekend furlough.
July 28, 2014
Eighty-seven recruits returned for week seven.
The recruits were told on day one of recruit school that the program only accelerates, and Week 7 proved to be no different. Each recruit received volumes of information on domestic violence laws, domestic violence response and crimes against persons. Instruction also continued in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Water Safety, and First Aid.
On Monday, the recruits participated in their first Patrols practical. During the practical, the recruits were expected to conduct a traffic stop and properly complete the necessary tasks relevant to the scenario. Recruits were required to find a safe location to conduct a traffic stop, identify potential violations, make contact with the driver, and determining what enforcement action was appropriate. The scenario concluded with the recruits completing an official report on their actions.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the recruits completed their first Water Safety practical at Davis Pond. Recruits were introduced to a real-life, stress-filled, water scenario where they had to perform a water rescue involving a victim with life threatening injuries.
Week 7 ended with 86 recruits present and accounted for.
July 23, 2014
Week 6 began with 12 recruits returning to the MSP Training Academy from weekend furlough.
This was an exciting week for the recruits because they had a chance to sit behind the wheel of a ‘Blue Goose’ and spend some time on the drive track.
This week in Physical Training, the recruits were introduced to what is known at the Training Academy as ‘stairs and chairs.’ The staff turned a simple metal folding chair into an excruciating workout that the recruits will never forget. This workout incorporates push-ups, leg lifts and other routine workouts already learned, and combine them with the new element of the folding chair and the seven flights of stairs.
After being released from their morning physical training workout, the recruits tested their skills on the drive track. This training included learning to drive defensively, evasive maneuvering, controlled braking, precision maneuvering, skid control, off-road recovery and performance driving. The recruits practiced the techniques during the day and at night. The week of precision driving training is a time all recruits look forward to during recruit school.
Week 6 ended with 12 recruits dismissed for weekend furlough.