July 30, 2015
Sixty-two recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy for the final week of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
The recruits began their week Monday morning by completing their final physical performance profile. This test allows the physical fitness staff to measure the physical progress made by each recruit.
In addition, the recruits had their final inspection which was given by the command staff. MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and the Executive Council arrived at the Training Academy Thursday morning to inspect the recruits.
Also on Thursday, family members of the recruits arrived at the Training Academy for a special presentation by the MSP Office of Behavioral Science. Topics included communication, stress management, changes to expect from their new troopers, and an open forum discussion for questions.
On Friday, the recruits spent the morning at the Lansing Center practicing for the graduation ceremony. At 1 p.m., the ceremony began and 62 recruits took the oath of office and received their badges from Colonel Etue, officially becoming Michigan State Police troopers.
July 24, 2015
Sixty-two recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy for Week 20 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
This week, the recruits received instruction on the 800MHZ radio that they will be utilizing upon graduation from recruit school. They were also instructed on fingerprinting procedures and tobacco tax fraud. The recruits were transported to Cooley Law School where they were required to give testimony on one of their previous scenarios. After hours instruction involved the use of Quick Action Deployments (QUAD) which are utilized in order to respond to an active shooter incident.
Wednesday morning marked the beginning of the crucible. The recruits began their morning at 5 a.m. to prepare for physical training as they normally would. After physical training, they received classroom instruction from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The recruits were then dispatched to numerous scenarios ranging from an active shooter situation to fix-it tickets. These scenarios continued well into the night before the exhausted recruits were finally allowed to sleep at 1 a.m. Unfortunately for the recruits, their sleep was short lived. Staff woke the recruits at 4 a.m. to advise them of an emergency mobilization in the gym. This is realistic for members of the Michigan State Police as they could potentially be mobilized to any area of the state when needed. The recruits responded with riot gear, prepared to utilize their training in civil disorder control.
The crucible finally came to an end at 10:30 a.m. when the recruits reported to the Fallen Trooper Memorial where they were given their post numbers and collar brass. This is a significant moment for the recruits as the collar brass is symbolic of their first post and is especially special. The collar brass was officially pinned on the recruits Friday morning during inspection.
Week 20 concluded with 62 recruits released for weekend furlough.
July 23, 2015
Sixty-two recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy for Week 19 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
This week the recruits participated in their final fatigue course in defensive tactics, which marks the completion of the defensive tactics program and yet another milestone for the recruits.
Classroom instruction this week included cultural awareness/diversity training, tactical operations, and hostage barricade situations.
The recruits also received extensive training in small squad tactics utilized by troopers during civil disorders and riot control. Instructors provided two full days of training in formations, procedures, and mock riot drills with the recruits.
Week 19 concluded with 62 recruits released for weekend furlough.