July 3, 2014
Ninety recruits returned to the Michigan State Police Training Academy on Sunday evening to begin Week 3 of recruit school.
The recruits are beginning to realize that the academic demands and expectations of them are very high. In the mornings, a full schedule of classroom instruction included lessons covering Civil Rights and Human Relations, Michigan Vehicle Code, Constitutional Law, Court Functions, Civil Law and Search Warrant Laws.
In the afternoons, the recruits continued their training necessary to become state troopers. One area of extensive training in recruit school is Firearms. Sgt. Ted Therrien and staff from the Ordnance Unit provided instruction in the safe handling and use of firearms. To ensure the recruits learn proper techniques, instruction began covering the basics and will advance going forward. Each recruit will become proficient in the use of firearms as they progress through recruit school.
The recruits also interacted with Gov. Rick Snyder and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue during instruction in Patrols this week.
Week 3 finished with eighty-nine recruits present and accounted for.
July 1, 2014
On Sunday, 12 recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy to begin Week 3 of the 19th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School. The recruits were introduced to various aspects of law as it pertains to commercial vehicle enforcement. Mr. Steve Beatty instructed the recruits in Court Functions and Civil Law and Insp. Matt Bolger taught Constitutional Law. Insp. David Greydanus also instructed the recruits in Search Warrant Laws and Warrantless Searches. In these classes, the recruits learned the exceptions to the search warrant rule. Inspector Greydanus has implemented a new style of teaching never used before at the MSP Training Academy. In this pilot program, it is now the recruits’ duty to research various legal topics and present their findings in front of their classmates.
Recruits also received instruction in First Aid and Patrols. The recruits were taught safety techniques and how to perform an initial assessment and secondary assessment on a patient and/or victim. These concepts and techniques help lay the foundation and prepare the recruits for several scenarios they will participate in as the academy progresses.
Patrol techniques introduced the recruits to handcuffing and searching techniques as well as making their first of many traffic stops throughout the academy. Recruits were shown the proper way to handcuff and search individuals, and the importance of both when it comes to arresting subjects.
As every week before, the recruits were challenged at 5:30 a.m. with physical training. The only difference this week was the introduction of physical training in the Tank. Training staff put together nine stations of exercise circuits in and around the Tank to challenge the recruits both mentally and physically. The Tank will be used in various aspects and this is definitely one the recruits will become familiar with.
Week 3 ended with 12 recruits released for weekend furlough.
June 23, 2014
Week 2 began on Sunday, with 98 recruits returning to the MSP Training Academy prepared for their second week of training. The recruits continued morning classroom instruction, but broke up into four squads as the week progressed. Dividing into squads created new challenges for each squad leader, as they were required to quickly learn how to lead their squad and do it with proper movement throughout the academy hallways.
Recruits were introduced to the Michigan Vehicle Code and its many facets during the course of the week. Sgt. Scott Wilber of the Rockford Post led the recruits through the definitions, content, and applications of the Michigan Vehicle Code.
Recruits also received instruction in First Aid and Patrols, which covered information regarding lifting and moving patients, scene safety, patrol vehicle positioning, and radio transmissions. These concepts and techniques will lay the groundwork to prepare the recruits for several scenarios they will participate in as the academy progresses.
While all recruits will be challenged by some aspect of recruit school, many were tested during Week 2 with the start of physical training – commonly referred to as PT. Each morning at 5:30 a.m., recruit school instructors led the recruits in physical training. As the recruits entered the gym for PT, they were reminded of the importance of physical fitness with a sign prominently displayed that reads, “When you choose law enforcement you lose the right to be unfit.” Sgt. David Sosinski and his staff of PT instructors will be certain this motto is understood and practiced daily by the recruits. The recruits also continued Military Drill instruction and performed their evaluated water safety swims.
Week 2 ended on Friday night with 91 recruits released for weekend furlough.