LANSING,Mich. — Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue Friday announced that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 90 new MSP troopers following the graduation of the 124th Trooper Recruit School. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at this afternoon’s ceremony.
“The graduates of the 124th Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School will play a critical role in public safety for our state, helping make communities and neighborhoods safer for our families and our economic vitality,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “These new troopers should all be proud of their accomplishments in proving they have what it takes to enter this elite force. On behalf of Michiganders, thank you for your commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to our great state. We owe you a debt of gratitude, and wish you all long, safe, and rewarding careers.”
Funding made available as part of Governor Snyder’s public safety plan allowed for the hiring of 180 troopers which includes this graduating class and the 78 troopers who graduated from the 123rd Trooper Recruit School in October 2012. These additional troopers will help support law enforcement efforts in the state’s most violent cities of Flint, Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw, as well as underserved communities throughout the state.
The 124th Trooper Recruit School began on October 28, 2012, when 114 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy. For the past 22 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. Graduating recruits were assigned to MSP work sites across the state and will report to their respective posts for duty next week.
The 125th Trooper Recruit School is set to begin May 12, 2013, and an additional trooper recruit school is anticipated in early 2014. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.