The final week of the 127th Trooper Recruit School began with 80 recruits reporting to the Training Academy on Sunday evening.
It has been a long journey for the remaining 80 recruits who are still going strong. During Week 21, the recruits donned their department-issued uniforms and beamed with pride as they moved throughout the Training Academy.
During the first part of the week, recruits were administered the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification exam. This mastery exam covers all areas of instruction the recruits received during their time in recruit school.
On Wednesday, the recruits completed their 10-mile graduation run with Training Academy staff and other MSP department members. This run signifies the end of the challenges the recruits have faced and conquered during recruit school.
The recruits have successfully overcome all of the challenges they faced during recruit school as well as completed instruction in First Aid, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Water Safety, Precision Driving, Patrols, Report Writing and Physical Training. Though each recruit may have faced his or her own adversity during training, each of them prevailed.
On Thursday, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Field Services Bureau Commander Lt. Col. Thomas Sands and Specialized Services Bureau Lt. Col. Gary Gorski conducted the command officer inspection of the recruits.
On Friday, in front of a large audience of family, friends and members of the MSP family, recruits of the 127th Trooper Recruit School proudly sounded off as they entered the Lansing Center to kick off their graduation ceremony. The class was addressed by Governor Rick Snyder and Colonel Etue. The recruits took the oath of office and received their rightfully earned trooper badge and title they have worked so hard to attain. The new troopers and their families are now part of the Michigan State Police family and a long and proud tradition of service through excellence, integrity, and courtesy.
Week 21 ended with 80 new Michigan State Police troopers ready to report to their assigned posts.
Congratulations to the troopers of the 127th Trooper Recruit School!