August 28, 2014
Week 11 began with 84 recruits reporting to the MSP Training Academy on Sunday evening.
The recruits spent the majority of Week 11 divided into squads as the class continued to rotate through training from the Precision Driving Unit. Many recruits look forward to these lessons because up until this point, their only exposure to the track was during morning Physical Training.
Squads not assigned to the drive track responded to a domestic violence scenario where recruits worked in pairs to work through a volatile situation. Domestic incidents are among the most dangerous situations for law enforcement officers. These scenarios provide the recruits with an opportunity to see how they will respond to emotionally charged situations.
Week 11 also introduced the recruits to the “red man” suit during Defensive Tactics. The “red man” suit is a protective outfit worn by an instructor that allows the recruits to practice their techniques at full force. During this exercise, recruits worked through a variety of scenarios where they had to demonstrate quick thinking, appropriate decision making and proper techniques.
This week the recruits also had the opportunity to meet with and interview retired members of the department who were eager to share their experiences and wisdom with the recruits.
Week 11 came to a close with 83 recruits released for the weekend.
August 22, 2014
Week 10 marked a significant milestone for the 19th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School. The recruits participated in an MSP tradition of running to Davis Pond where they rescue a drowning victim as part of a scenario. This is a challenging scenario that many department members remember experiencing during recruit school.
The recruits were also exposed to cold water conditions during Water Safety. A human exposed to frigid waters will experience hypothermia 25 times faster than being exposed to air of the same temperature. At the end of the week, the recruits practiced rescuing a victim from a submerged vehicle in the Tank.
In Firearms, recruits began qualifying with their service pistol. Recruits can earn shooting badges of sharpshooter, marksmen, expert, or distinguished expert. Soon the recruits will be training with their other duty weapons.
In Patrols, recruits continued conducting traffic stops to sharpen the tactics they previously learned.
Week 10 ended with 11 recruits being released for weekend furlough.
August 18, 2014
Eighty-five recruits reported to the MSP Training Academy on Sunday evening to begin Week 10.
This week, the recruits spent most of their day divided into squads. One squad spent the week at the Drive Track where they received instruction from the department’s Precision Driving Unit. This experience gives recruits the opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience what a patrol car is capable of by learning defensive driving techniques.
The other squads spent the week in the classroom receiving instruction on collection/ preservation of evidence and response to domestic violence. This week, the recruits also completed their third Patrols scenario.
As the recruits participate in scenarios, they are critiqued by staff members to ensure that the incident is handled safely and properly. Scenarios are designed to reinforce the lessons that recruits are taught during the classroom portions of the course. At the completion of each scenario, the recruits must complete a report detailing the incident they handled. As the school continues, scenarios will become more involved and more will be expected from the recruits.
We have reached the halfway point of the 127th Trooper Recruit School, but the recruits still have a long way to go before they reach the pinnacle of their journey. The recruits are fully aware there is no downhill slide and the program will continue to accelerate from here.
Week 10 ended with 84 recruits released Friday evening.