The recruits and their families arrived at the Michigan State Police Training Academy early Sunday afternoon, May 12, 2013. Eighty recruits and their families were invited to a family orientation. They were addressed by speakers, Sgt. Kevin Rod, Capt. Kari L. Kusmierz, Sgt. Kandyce Herr, Dr. Robert Wolford, and Chaplain Peter Nickel. Final instructions were given by Sgt. Kandyce Herr.
Each of the recruits and their families were provided tours of the Training Academy. They left orientation with instructions to report back to the Training Academy steps at 5:00 p.m. sharp.
Having said their goodbyes to friends and family, at 5:00 p.m. eighty recruits lined the sidewalks standing at attention in front of the Training Academy. Filled with nervous anxiety and anticipation, the recruits began their journey with the goal of becoming a Michigan State Police Trooper.
The recruits first received a message from Sgt. Herr, the 125th Trooper Recruit School Commander, with family and friends watching from a distance. Sgt. Herr gave the command, “Secure your gear” and they marched into the training academy as recruits of the 125th Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School.
The recruits had many tasks before the day was over. They were measured for uniforms, received physical training gear, mugs, legal/first aid books and other required equipment. They received room keys and were directed to their rooms to dress in their utility uniform, stow their gear and assemble in the north stairwell. As a class, for the first time the recruits marched to the auditorium where they were given further instruction by Sgt. Herr. The recruits’ night was not yet complete, though. They returned to their rooms to organize their belongings, equipment and room according to policy under the watchful eyes of the temporary staff. Taps was played at 10:00 p.m., signaling the end of day one.