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126th Trooper Recruit School Begins Hometown heroes prepare for State Police careers

Issued: January 8, 2014

LANSING. Despite the winter weather, this past Sunday, 115 prospective troopers reported to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing for the first day of the 126th Trooper Recruit School. 

For the next 21 weeks, between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the recruits will receive training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. 

Current MSP members and academy staff, including a school commander, assistant commander and 21 troopers from across the state are assigned to the MSP Training Academy to provide instruction on a temporary basis. Because the school is a residential program, the recruits are only allowed to leave the MSP Training Academy from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. 

Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate on May 30, 2014. 

"The start of a new trooper recruit school is always an exciting time for the department," stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. "It is our hope these recruits will successfully meet and exceed the challenges they will face during these next few months. We look forward to each of them joining the proud men and women of the Michigan State Police who serve in communities statewide."

In order to be selected to attend the 126th Trooper Recruit School, recruits had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.

Another trooper recruit school is anticipated to begin in June 2014, for which the department is actively recruiting. Today, the MSP unveiled a new recruiting campaign, 'ENFORCE, INVESTIGATE and SERVE,' aimed at attracting candidates interested in a career with the MSP. The new recruiting campaign highlights the training and qualities every recruit must possess in order to enforce, investigate and serve as a State Trooper. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

126th Trooper Recruit School participants:

Hometown

State

Last Name

First Name

Addison

MI

Mason

Jeremiah

Algonac

MI

Jones

William

Allen Park

MI

Diroff

Brian

Alma

MI

Hammond

Katelyn

Bath

MI

Wolf

Scott

Bay City

MI

Monville

Christopher

Belleville

MI

Brice

Brett

Belleville

MI

Brooks

Eric

Big Bay

MI

Vargo

Tyler

Brampton

MI

Bell

Samantha

Bridgeport

MI

Gilbert

William

Brighton

MI

Christensen

John

Brimley

MI

Ferraro

Paul

Canton

MI

Drewyor

Daniel

Canton

MI

Lidak

Steven

Charlotte

MI

Johns

Torey

Cheboygan

MI

Coon

Ryan

Chelsea

MI

Herrst II

Robert

Chelsea

MI

Piatt

John

Clinton

MI

King

Jessie

Clinton Township

MI

Allen

Carly

Coldwater

MI

Schutter

Steven

Coleman

MI

Hubbard

Brittany

Commerce Township

MI

Swenson Jr.

Douglas

Dallas

TX

Patel

Dharmesh

Dansville

MI

Bowen

Kyle

Dansville

MI

Martin

Ceirra

Davison

MI

Thorpe

Joseph

Davison

MI

Veit

Aleece

Dearborn Heights

MI

Harba

Armin

Detroit

MI

Benton

Jonathan

Detroit

MI

Hardaway

Christopher

Detroit

MI

McLean

Torres

Detroit

MI

Taylor

Antonio

Detroit

MI

Wilson

Khari

Durand

MI

Nelson

Kyle

East Lansing

MI

Groskopf

Tyler

Eaton Rapids

MI

Bachman

Blaine

Eaton Rapids

MI

Schneider

William

Falmouth

MA

Pheeney

Mark

Ferndale

MI

Doaks

Diondre

Flint

MI

Williams

Warren

Fowlerville

MI

Hartman

Dennis

Galien

MI

Coy

Mandy

Garden City & Ypsilanti

MI

Skeans

David

Gladstone

MI

Johnson

Christopher

Gladwin

MI

Mattice II

Dana

Gladwin

MI

Roberts

Jeremiah

Glennie

MI

Perkins

Michael

Goodrich

MI

West

Michael

Gowen

MI

Bitner

Blake

Grand Blanc

MI

Holt

Corbin

Grand Blanc

MI

Wynkoop

Darrell

Grand Rapids

MI

Dangl

Ryan

Grand Rapids

MI

Decker

Joshua

Grand Rapids

MI

Vander Laan

Kevin

Grand Rapids

MI

Webster

Warren

Greenville

MI

Nauta

Dennis

Gregory

MI

Cetnor

Lauren

Harrison Township

MI

Hagan

Jonathan

Holland

MI

Wileczek

Lena

Howell

MI

Perkins

Joel

Hudsonville

MI

de Waal Malefyt

Leanne

Imlay City

MI

Rettell

Kyle

Inkster/Westland

MI

Cupp

Jeremy

Jackson

MI

Matz

Justin

Jackson

MI

McNew

Kimberly

Jackson

MI

Tisch

Andrew

Jackson

MI

Zonts

Cody

Jonesville

MI

Burlew

David

Kendall

MI

Crooks

Benjamin

Lansing

MI

Davich

Steven

Lapeer

MI

Velaga Jr.

Louis

Laurium

MI

Therrian

Kristen

Linwood

MI

Moore

Steven

Linwood

MI

Neuman

Nathan

Livonia

MI

Zylik

Christopher

Lyons

MI

Shattuck Jr.

Scott

Macomb

MI

Laesch

Aaron

Macomb Twp.

MI

Madison

Timothy

Macomb Twp.

MI

Moore

Philip

Madison Heights

MI

Allison

Casey

Madison Heights

MI

Taylor

Patrick

Mason

MI

Every

Joshua

Metamora

MI

O'Neill

Timothy

Muskegon

MI

Smallbone

Blair

Napoleon

MI

Verlin III

Daniel

Newaygo

MI

Broyles

William

Owosso

MI

North

Samuel

Oxford

MI

Giroux

Ryan

Pinckney

MI

Poyhonen

Brian

Pittsburgh 

PA

Lyons

Joseph

Plymouth

MI

Rowinski

Jeffrey

Pontiac/Ortonville

MI

Alexander

Jesse

Port Huron

MI

Glombowski

Jason

Rockford

MI

Pitsch

William

Rogers City

MI

Wickersham

Elizabeth

Romulus

MI

Cofield II

Rodney

Saginaw

MI

Matter

Jason

Saline

MI

Baublit

Jeffrey

Sandusky

MI

Downing

Brant

Shelby Twp.

MI

Busacca

David

Shelby Twp.

MI

Shain

Michael

St. Clair Shores

MI

Fey

Alexander

Taylor

MI

Moreno

Timothy

Taylor

MI

Morris

Kyle

Trenton

MI

Alexander

Brian

Trenton

MI

Keller

Micah

Vassar

MI

Wilber

Angel

Wallingford

PA

Tyler

Daniel

Warren

MI

Tuohey

Steven

Wayland

MI

Sweet

Cameron

West Branch

MI

Taylor

Casey

Westland

MI

McIntosh

Christopher

White Lake

MI

Alessi

Dominic

 

SPECIAL NOTE: The media is invited to spend a day in the life of an MSP trooper recruit. For the full recruit school experience, reporters are encouraged to spend the night at the MSP Training Academy and rise with the recruits at 5 a.m. Meals and lodging will be provided. To make visiting arrangements, please call Tpr. David Cope at (517) 322-1200.