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.
July 22, 2014
Week 6 began with 89 recruits returning to the MSP Training Academy Sunday evening.
This week, Water Safety kicked off with an introduction to the training Tank. Each recruit will find something that challenges them significantly during their time in recruit school at the Training Academy. Many troopers will tell you that they found their challenge in the Tank. Recruits will have to dig deep to successfully navigate this demanding training.
Recruits continued their instruction in legal issues with laws of admissions and confessions during their morning sessions this week. Recruits also continued classes in First Aid, Defensive Tactics and Firearms. Additionally, recruits received a presentation by the Autism Alliance of Michigan about autism awareness.
In Physical Training, the recruits received their first dose of ‘stairs and chairs.’
Week 6 ended with 88 recruits released for weekend furlough.