June 24, 2015
Sixty-five recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy for Week 15 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
Each squad was rotated into a new set of classes this week. Recruits who were previously assigned to the drive track were brought inside for instruction in preliminary breath testing, standard field sobriety testing, and forensic interviewing. Recruits from those classes moved to the drive track, and the remaining squad received instruction in firearms, defensive tactics, explosives, and environmental crimes. Defensive tactics staff conducted dynamic scenarios and the firearms staff took the recruits to an off-site location for rifle and shotgun instruction.
The recruits were put through an array of scenarios this week. Practical scenarios included those related to fire emergencies in which they had to complete a smoke-filled obstacle course and extinguish a vehicle on fire. Recruits also completed scenarios at night, learning how to handle traffic stops and dispatched complaints in low-light situations. This training is vital to the development of the recruits, as they will likely be working at night at some point during their careers.
The final scenario this week involved an OWI traffic stop. The recruits utilized the training they received last week to effectively initiate a traffic stop, articulate indicators of an intoxicated subject, perform sobriety tests, and make an arrest.
Week 15 concluded with 64 recruits released for weekend furlough.
June 10, 2015
Sixty-five recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy for Week 14 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
The recruits were divided into squads for the week. One of the squads spent the week at the drive track. Each recruit spent a considerable amount of time working with the drive track instructors to develop their skills in precision driving, night driving, and skid control. Developing safe and proficient driving skills is crucial to each recruit’s future as a Michigan State Police trooper, as they will spend a large amount of time driving.
The squads that were not on the drive track spent the week learning about the operating while intoxicated (OWI) law, standard field sobriety testing, forensic interviewing, traffic control, and documenting use of force. Recruits also spent time on the range working on tactical and low light shooting.
On Tuesday night, one squad of recruits visited the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing where they interacted with the youth playing pool, basketball, and assisting with arts and crafts. Community outreach and engaging with citizens is a priority for the MSP.
Week 14 concluded with 65 recruits released for weekend furlough.
June 2, 2015
Sixty-six recruits returned to the MSP Training Academy for Week 13 of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
In recognition of the Memorial Day holiday, the recruits only had four days to complete the busy schedule in store for them during Week 13. To accomplish this, they were broken into squads each morning and afternoon for classes in warrant preparation, firearms, defensive tactics, first aid, building searches, low light traffic stops, and fire response.
This week, the recruits were required to complete a stolen vehicle practical utilizing the training they received last week about felony stops. In the training scenario, each recruit located an occupied vehicle matching the description of a vehicle they were told had been recently involved in a carjacking. Upon locating the vehicle, the recruits performed a felony stop and systematically removed each occupant from the vehicle. These are techniques troopers utilize when they encounter such incidents on the road.
Week 13 concluded with 65 recruits released for weekend furlough.