October 8, 2014
Members of the 127th Trooper Recruit School returned on Sunday evening with 81 recruits present and accounted for.
During week 17, the recruits worked with temporary staff and detectives from the Lansing area to evaluate tactical considerations involving search warrant entries. The recruits then completed scenarios involving search warrant entries and residential searches.
The recruits had a busy week in Defensive Tactics. They completed static drills on Tuesday and Wednesday before completing a stress course on Thursday and Friday. The recruits were expected to complete four different scenarios where they had to evaluate the appropriate level of force needed to gain compliance from their suspect. During Patrols, the recruits completed a practical where they had to interview a criminal sexual conduct victim. The recruits were expected to know proper procedures and ask appropriate questions in order to make sure they received all of the needed information.
Eighty recruits were released on Friday evening for weekend furlough.
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.