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High School Students Get Opportunity to Experience Being State Troopers; American Legion Student Trooper Program Underway in Lansing

Contact: Sgt. Dave Winter, MSP Training Division (517) 322-1503

This week, 48 high school students experienced what it takes to become Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers during the 38th annual American Legion Student Trooper Program.  The program began on July 6 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing and concluded with a graduation ceremony today at 11:30 a.m.

The week-long program, funded by the American Legion, is conducted by the MSP.  The program is designed for highly motivated young men and women who are seriously interested in careers in law enforcement.  In order to attend, each student is responsible for securing his/her own sponsorship from one the American Legion offices located throughout the state.

The program, which is patterned after a regular MSP trooper recruit school, promotes an educational experience for building teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals.  Between physical training at  5:15 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the students learned about traffic and criminal law, defensive tactics, firearms and marksmanship fundamentals, first-aid, water safety, patrol tactics, crash investigations, law enforcement career opportunities, forensic science, conservation law, narcotics and underwater recovery.

“Each student had the opportunity to get a taste of what it takes to become a Michigan State Police trooper,” said Capt. Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Academy.  “The Michigan American Legion Student Trooper Program promotes the importance of education and helps build teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals.  The students also learn the importance of leadership and respect in order to serve as positive role models to others in their community.”

See a list of the graduates.