October 23, 2013
The 125th Trooper Recruit School began the final week with 65 recruits returning on Sunday night from weekend furlough.
It has been a long and challenging 21 weeks for the recruits. The recruits are beaming with pride as the end of recruit school nears and the title of Michigan State Police Trooper will soon be a reality.
During the final week the recruits took the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification test. Wednesday morning the recruits were up early in the morning to join the instructors and many department members on the 10-mile run. This run signifies the many challenges they had to overcome, and a celebration of the many accomplishments they achieved during their 21 weeks at the Training Academy.
On Thursday morning the recruits of the 125th Trooper Recruit School reported to the gym for a command inspection by MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and Field Services Bureau Commander Lt. Col. Thomas Sands. Later in the day the recruits were joined by one of their loved ones for the afternoon. They were given time to show their family member around the Academy. A panel of current MSP troopers and their spouses were also available for questions about life as a trooper.
During their stay at the Academy, each recruit had struggles and challenges that they had to overcome. They pulled together as a team and encouraged each other along the way. They realized early on this was going to be a team effort. After receiving instruction in First Aid, Patrols, Precision Driving, Water Safety, Defense Tactics, Firearms, and Physical Training, the recruits have finally earned the title of trooper.
Graduation day is here! Friday afternoon the recruits marched into the Lansing Center in front of a large audience of friends, family, and MSP members. Governor Rick Snyder was the keynote speaker for the event. The recruits were given the Oath of Office and received their badges from Colonel Etue.
Congratulation to the Mighty 125th Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School!
Week 21 ended with 65 Michigan State Police Troopers eager to report to their posts.
October 2, 2013
Sixty-five recruits returned to the Training Academy to begin Week 20.
The recruits are now proudly wearing the MSP trooper uniform.
In the classroom, the recruits were given instruction in Radio/Telephone Communication. This training gave the recruits additional experience in the proper use of and the features included in the state of Michigan 800MHz radio system.
Instruction was also given in Media Relations. This training will assist the recruits in dealing with news reporters and in preparing news releases. They were also instructed on the importance of having a good working relationship with the news media.
The recruits worked with detectives from several posts practicing interview techniques. This training was put to the test the following day when the recruits conducted interviews of possible “suspects” of a criminal sexual assault.
Training was given in Quick Action Deployment (QUAD). QUAD is used in the event of an active gunman in a building or school. The recruits are instructed on how to make entry into the building and eliminate the threat.
The recruits were also taken out onto the streets of Eaton County using maps to locate various locations around the county.
Friday morning was another highlight for the recruits as they marched into the gymnasium in their Class A uniforms. Each recruit was presented with his/her collar brass which indicates their post assignment.
The collar brass was placed on the recruit’s uniform by his/her mentor. The receiving of their collar brass is just one more indication of just how close these recruits are to becoming Michigan State Police troopers.
Sixty-five recruits were released for weekend furlough.
September 25, 2013
Sixty-five recruits returned to the Training Academy to begin Week 19.
The week began with the recruits being issued their Michigan State Police trooper uniforms upon their return on Sunday night. The following day, the recruits and training staff took an official 125th Trooper Recruit School class photo with Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and the deputy directors on the Capitol steps. The recruits were then taken to the Michigan State Police Headquarters for a tour and lunch with Colonel Etue.
During the week, the recruits received training in Terrorism Awareness, Emergency Preparedness and Weapons of Mass Destruction. To conclude the training in Weapons of Mass Destruction, the recruits practiced donning the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) protective suit. The recruits were issued a CBRN suit to be carried with their riot equipment in the event that an incident, such as a chemical attack, was to occur and they needed to respond.
Also, in the classroom, the recruits were given instruction on Computer Crimes as well as the proper handling of a hostage/barricaded suspect situation.
In physical training, the recruits were given a unique workout throughout the week. They had to work in teams, rolling several large tractor tires and pushing a Tahoe patrol vehicle for a predetermined distance and back. One of the teams was able to obtain a top speed of eight mph while pushing the Tahoe.
As Week 19 comes to an end, the realization of graduating from the 125th Trooper Recruit School is coming closer. There are still two weeks of hard work remaining but their goal of graduating is now within their grasp.
Many recruits will travel this upcoming weekend to their assigned post to look for housing and see where the next point of their careers will begin.
Sixty-five recruits were released for weekend furlough.