March 31, 2015
Week 4 began with 80 recruits returning to the MSP Training Academy.
The recruits faced a busy week filled with many challenges. Upon their return, some recruits completed an open swim practice in preparation for the upcoming weeks of water safety training. Recruits continued to learn about laws of arrest from Insp. David Greydanus and received instruction on Automated Incident Capture System (AICS) and Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) systems.
Each morning, the recruits, their rooms, and their issued equipment are inspected by training staff members. During the inspection process, recruits are inspected for cleanliness, room and personal appearance, knowledge of recently learned material, and understanding the Michigan State Police chain of command. This inspection process occurs every morning for the entirety of recruit school. The inspections help train the recruits to pay attention to small details, which is a critical part of being a trooper. One small detail could make all of the difference in an investigation, so it is very important for the recruits’ attention to detail to be sharp. In defensive tactics, recruits began practicing pressure points and takedowns. They also practiced CPR in first aid and completed their first traffic stop in patrols. Firearms staff introduced the recruits to moving targets, traverse fire, and immediate action drills. In addition, the physical training staff gave the recruits their first workout in the training tank.
Week 4 came to a close with 79 recruits present and accounted for.
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.