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.
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.