At 5 p.m. on March 1, 2015, the 128th Trooper Recruit School began with 85 recruits reporting to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy. This marks the beginning of a rigorous 21-week training program where the recruits will experience academic, physical, and mental challenges, as they train to become troopers.
The recruits were welcomed to the MSP Training Academy by Recruit School Commander Sgt. David Winter. The recruits received instruction regarding recruit school rules and regulations covering personal appearance, daily schedule, duty hours, and rules of conduct.
During Week 1, the recruits received introductory instruction in report writing, patrols, defensive tactics, firearms, and began military drill. Members of the Office of Behavioral Science spoke with the recruits about stress management and retired Insp. Phil Schertzing gave a presentation on the 98-year history of the department.
The recruits performed the first of three physical performance profile tests and the first of two MCOLES physical agility tests they will take before completing recruit school. On Friday at 5:15 a.m., the recruits stood at attention on the ramp and waited to enter the gym to experience their first day of physical training. Sgt. Michael McDonald and the physical training staff will accept nothing less than a 100 percent effort from each recruit.
On Friday evening, the recruits were released for weekend furlough to return Sunday evening for Week 2.
Week 1 ended with 85 recruits present and accounted for.