October 6, 2014
On Sunday afternoon, 82 recruits returned to the Training Academy for Week 16.
There are several challenges the recruits look forward to successfully overcoming, and being exposed to chemical spray is one of them. This week, each recruit experienced the effects of being exposed to chemical spray, which is the same spray troopers carry on the road. 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.
On Wednesday morning, after a rigorous physical training session led by Sergeant Sosinski, the 127th Trooper Recruit School was presented the class guidon. This is a proud moment for the recruits as the presentation represents the coming together of individuals to form a cohesive unit. The guidon is carried on runs by the recruits and is placed at the front of the classroom when the entire class is present. The guidon is never to be placed on the ground and is to be carried with pride wherever the class may go.
Eighty-one recruits were released on Friday evening for weekend furlough.
October 2, 2014
Week 16 began with 11 motor carrier officer recruits accounted for.
The recruits began their week by completing a full commercial motor vehicle inspection. The recruits were required to use what they have learned in the classroom to inspect the lights, wheels, suspension, brakes, and many other key points on a commercial motor vehicle.
On Wednesday, the recruits wore their Class A uniforms for the first time. Recruits feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment wearing the prestigious MSP uniform. They received a tour of the Capitol after taking their official class photo on the Capitol steps. They also received a tour of the MSP Headquarters and had lunch with Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and Executive Council. The tour of the Headquarters was led by Capt. Mike Krumm, commander of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.
In Defensive Tactics, the recruits trained outside as opposed to practicing on mats in the gym. This provided a much more realistic experience similar to what the recruits may encounter as motor carrier officers.
The recruits also received classroom instruction on size and weight enforcement this week. During this training, recruits learn the weight limits permissible on certain roads within the state and how to protect the roads from damage.
Week 16 ended with 11 recruits being released for weekend furlough.
September 29, 2014
Week 15 began with 11 recruits returning to the MSP Training Academy.
This week, the recruits continued to receive instruction on CVSA and learned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations pertaining to the mechanics of a commercial vehicle. MSP motor carrier officers check commercial vehicles for equipment violations to help prevent vehicle crashes and loss of life due to mechanical failures. During training, the recruits received instruction on the inspection procedure to follow while checking commercial vehicles for equipment violations.
On Friday morning, the recruits received their post assignments from Lt. Col. Gary Gorski, deputy director of the Specialized Services Bureau. Receiving his/her post assignment is an important milestone for a recruit. Although there are still four weeks left in recruit school, it gives the recruits a glint of light at the end of the tunnel.
Week 15 ended with 11 recruits released for weekend furlough.