MSP welcomes 47 new troopers to force

Posted at 4:50 PM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 16:50:34-04

Last week, 47 new Michigan State Police troopers graduated from the 129th Trooper Recruitment School at the Lansing Center.

The class started on March 27, and 60 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy. During the 22-week training, they received instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first-aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.

Recruits also participated in a community service project where they collected and then delivered personal hygiene items to the City Rescue Mission in Lansing.

“The troopers graduating today have demonstrated a dedication to hard work and perseverance to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police,” stated graduation keynote speaker, Gov. Rick Snyder. “I commend their commitment to public safety and service to their fellow citizens of our great state."

Including these new troopers, there are approximately 1,000 troopers assigned statewide.