March 23, 2015
On Sunday, 82 recruits reported back to the MSP Training Academy to begin Week 3 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
The recruits are quickly realizing that the academic and physical demands of recruit school are extremely high. This week, morning classes included constitutional and civil law, Michigan Vehicle Code, vehicle and drivers licensing, vehicle regulations, report writing, and electronic citations. These classes provide the knowledge base necessary to perform the job of a State Police trooper.
The recruits must work as a team to accomplish goals, and are rapidly recognizing that it takes more than a group of individuals to complete this training.
The recruits continued their training in squads this week. Classes included defensive tactics, patrols, report writing, firearms, and first aid. In first aid, the recruits practiced initial patient assessments and learned the ABC principle of first aid (airway, breathing, and circulation). Firearms staff continued their intensive training with the recruits and allowed them to fire their firearms for the first time.
The patrols staff took each squad outside and continued to expand on the completion of traffic stops. Each recruit systematically performed a stop, arrest, and search of the driver and vehicle. Performing traffic stops is one of the main duties of a trooper, and the recruits must learn to fluidly and safely execute each and every one.
Week 3 ended with 80 recruits released for weekend furlough.
March 18, 2015
To begin Week 2 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School, 85 recruits reported back to the MSP Training Academy on Sunday, March 8. At 5:15 a.m. on Monday morning, recruits began their first full week of physical training and quickly realized the high standards set forth by Sgt. Michael McDonald and the physical training staff.
On Tuesday morning, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and Executive Council members visited the Training Academy to welcome the recruits. Colonel Etue’s words of encouragement were instrumental in boosting the morale of the recruits, who undoubtedly have many challenges ahead of them.
Sgt. Scott Wilber provided classroom instruction on the Michigan Vehicle Code and Lt. Lisa Rish spoke to the recruits about ethics. The recruits were split into four squads for defensive tactics, patrols, report writing, first aid, and firearms. Dividing into squads creates new challenges, but ultimately teaches the recruits to work as a unit and helps squad leaders further develop their leadership skills.
During defensive tactics, the recruits received instruction on complaint handcuffing. In patrols, recruits received instruction on traffic stops and had the opportunity to sit in the Blue Goose for the first time. During first aid, the recruits received instruction on scene safety and lifting and moving injured individuals. Also this week, each squad performed static drills on the range with their newly issued firearms and completed their water safety evaluations.
Week 2 ended with 82 recruits released for weekend furlough.
March 9, 2015
At 5 p.m. on March 1, 2015, the 128th Trooper Recruit School began with 85 recruits reporting to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy. This marks the beginning of a rigorous 21-week training program where the recruits will experience academic, physical, and mental challenges, as they train to become troopers.
The recruits were welcomed to the MSP Training Academy by Recruit School Commander Sgt. David Winter. The recruits received instruction regarding recruit school rules and regulations covering personal appearance, daily schedule, duty hours, and rules of conduct.
During Week 1, the recruits received introductory instruction in report writing, patrols, defensive tactics, firearms, and began military drill. Members of the Office of Behavioral Science spoke with the recruits about stress management and retired Insp. Phil Schertzing gave a presentation on the 98-year history of the department.
The recruits performed the first of three physical performance profile tests and the first of two MCOLES physical agility tests they will take before completing recruit school. On Friday at 5:15 a.m., the recruits stood at attention on the ramp and waited to enter the gym to experience their first day of physical training. Sgt. Michael McDonald and the physical training staff will accept nothing less than a 100 percent effort from each recruit.
On Friday evening, the recruits were released for weekend furlough to return Sunday evening for Week 2.
Week 1 ended with 85 recruits present and accounted for.