April 13, 2015
Seventy-seven recruits reported to the MSP Training Academy to begin Week 6 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
During the morning classes, the recruits continued to receive legal instruction from D/Sgt. Chris Corriveau on laws of admissions and confessions. Recruits were then assigned to Sgt. Mike Church for instruction on contraband and regulatory crimes.
In addition to the demanding academic expectations this week, the recruits also faced two of the many practical exams they will be expected to complete proficiently. These practical scenarios and exams require the recruits to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained thus far during recruit school.
The first practical involved a traffic stop and arrest, which is a potential scenario the recruits could face when they become troopers.
The second practical involved a CPR scenario. Each recruit must proficiently perform CPR and rescue breathing for an adult, infant, and child. First aid skills are used by troopers, and are a vital aspect of law enforcement that could save a life.
The recruits finished Week 6 with a physical training workout that has been a historical part of many previous recruit schools. Sgt. Michael McDonald led the class in their first session of stairs and chairs. This exercise requires nothing more than a metal chair, yet is known throughout the Michigan State Police as one of the most grueling workouts performed by recruits. Many people believe that chairs are only for sitting, but the recruits learned that they can be utilized for so much more. They may not have an entire gym of equipment available, but this workout shows the recruits that even with limited equipment, one can still participate in an excellent workout.
Week 6 ended with 74 recruits released for weekend furlough.
April 7, 2015
Week 5 began with 79 recruits returning to the MSP Training Academy from weekend furlough. The rhythmic echo of the recruits marching with pride thundered through the hallways of the Academy.
This week, the recruits received legal instruction from D/Sgt. Chris Corriveau and Michigan Assistant Attorney General Scott Rothermel covering search warrants, warrantless searches, search procedures, crimes against property, and juvenile law. The recruits must retain this information, as they are tested on the material each week and will have to use it throughout their careers as Michigan State Police troopers.
Each afternoon, the recruits were broken into squads and received instruction in firearms, defensive tactics, report writing/patrols, first aid, and reported to the tank for their first water safety class. The department requires each recruit to pass rigorous training in the tank and proficiently demonstrate they can survive in a water emergency. In Michigan, one is never more than six miles from a body of water so it is important for troopers to be sufficiently trained in water safety.
Week 5 came to a close with 77 recruits present and accounted for.
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.