20th MCORS: Week 16

February 5, 2016

Thirteen recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy from weekend furlough for Week 16 of the 20th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.

This week was a challenge academically for the recruits.  They received 40 hours of instruction and then were tested on the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Part A of the North American Standard Inspection Procedure.  This course provides education on how to conduct a complete driver inspection in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the North American Standard Inspection Procedure.  It focuses on driver qualifications, commercial drivers’ licenses, logbooks, inspection procedures, and federal regulations as they apply to commercial motor vehicle operators.  After passing the test, recruits are qualified as North American Standard inspectors for driver inspections.

In the evenings, the recruits received further instruction on Michigan Vehicle Weight Law and the Federal Bridge Weight Law.

Recruits were also exposed to single officer patrols during nighttime conditions.  This required the recruits to react and perform during hours of darkness only  utilizing vehicle and on-person light sources.  A simple traffic stop during daytime hours can be a challenging situation at night when low light conditions exist.  This training furthers the recruits’ experience and exposure to the many conditions motor carrier officers face on Michigan’s roadways.

On Friday, after testing and shortly before being released for weekend furlough, the recruits met with MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and the MSP Executive Council.  Unbeknownst to the recruits, they were about to receive their first post assignment.  Colonel Etue called each recruit to the center of the auditorium, gave a couple interesting facts about each recruit, and presented them with their first post assignment.  This was a very exciting moment for the recruits and a part of recruit school they will remember for many years to come.

Week 16 concluded with 13 recruits released for weekend furlough.

20th MCORS: Week 15

February 1, 2016

Thirteen recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy from weekend furlough for Week 15 of the 20th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.

The recruits began Week 15 with extensive instruction from Lt. David Bower, commander of the MSP Emergency Support Team.  The recruits learned about the team’s capabilities and how they respond to high-risk situations such as barricaded gunmen incidents or other situations requiring their specialty training.

During defensive tactics, the recruits were put to the test as they were required to use physical controls during scenarios.  The recruits were challenged to utilize physical altercations to instill the mentality to NEVER GIVE UP, regardless of the obstacles they may face in the future.

During patrols instruction, the recruits were exposed to multiple situations involving simunition fire to increase the reality of the scenarios.  Recruits completed an obstacle course with various physical challenges, multiple targets to properly engage based on threat, and a noncompliant subject during the exercise.

Recruits also received special training in first aid called Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, where recruits had to render first aid while under simunition fire. Before the recruits participated in scenarios, they received instruction on what equipment they had available such as combat action tourniquets and quick clot blood stopper material.  The recruits were then placed in scenarios involving typical police activity and challenged to perform the training they received in the classroom.

The recruits wrapped up the week with instruction in suspect interviewing and interrogation techniques by D/F/Lt. Andrew Longuski of the MSP Biometrics and Identification Division.

Week 15 concluded with 13 recruits released for weekend furlough.

20th MCORS: Week 14

January 27, 2016

Thirteen recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy from weekend furlough for Week 14 of the 20th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.

This week, the recruits traveled to Monroe County District Court and were required to testify on the traffic stop scenarios they previously conducted.  Recruits took the stand in formal hearings in front of Defense Attorney Michael Roehrig and Magistrate Dean Walters.  This was a great learning opportunity for the recruits and helped stress the importance of attention to detail and note taking when conducting traffic stops.

This week’s instruction included traffic crash form completion.  Sgt. Scott Carlson instructed the recruits on when a motor carrier officer would complete a UD-10 traffic crash form and the proper way to fill out the electronic form.

The recruits were also given a special opportunity this week.  Several department members and retirees from the MSP volunteered their time to be interviewed by the recruits.  It was an honor for each recruit to hear the stories and experiences of retired and current department members

During defensive tactics, Sgt. Barry Schrader gave the recruits TASER training.  Recruits learned the proper use and technical aspects of the TASER.  Their newly learned skills were put to the test in the form of scenarios.  Recruits were required to assess different situations and make the determination on whether or not to use the TASER.

During firearms, the recruits conducted the official qualifications.  The recruits were also put through additional first aid scenarios, where they performed first aid under stressful situations.  With the use of training ammunition, the recruits were required to render aid to a victim with a gunshot wound, all while taking and returning simulated gunfire.

The week wrapped up with defensive tactics training, where the recruits faced the task most have been dreading from the beginning of recruit school.  Recruits were exposed to the chemical spray they will carry on duty every day.  The chemical spray is designed to incapacitate subjects who are actively aggressive toward an officer or victim.  The recruits were required to complete a course designed to simulate real-life situations that may occur after an officer has been exposed to the chemical spray.  These obstacles included delivering elbow strikes to a subject, dragging a mannequin simulating a downed partner, and handcuffing a subject.  This was an experience the recruits will never forget and never want to go through again.

Week 14 concluded with 13 recruits released for weekend furlough.


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