132nd Trooper Recruit School Graduates; 28 Become State Police Troopers

Contact: Ms. Lori Dougovito, MSP Public Affairs, 517-284-3223

February 10, 2017

Twenty-eight new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers will report for work at MSP posts across the state next week after graduating from the 132nd Trooper Recruit School this afternoon. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Training Academy.

“These men and women should be very proud of themselves today,” said graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. “They have what it takes to join the elite ranks of the Michigan State Police. We wish our newest troopers safety each day. My hope is that they enjoy long and rewarding careers serving and protecting the residents of our great state.”

In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “In everything you do, I ask that you provide ‘Service With a Purpose.’ Michigan’s citizens are depending on you, as am I. You have an opportunity to positively impact our communities. Do what’s right, do your best and treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Tpr. Tyler Rutkowski was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at today’s ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Jacob Grinwis who received

the Academic Achievement Award, Tpr. Brandon Coil who received the Marksmanship Award, Tpr. Tyler Ruffer who received the Team Building Award and Tpr. Curtis Alward who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

The 132nd Trooper Recruit School began on Aug. 28, 2016, when 37 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing.  For the past 24 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.                      

In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.

As part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in a community outreach project in which they assisted in building a playground at Wacousta Elementary School.

The 132nd Trooper Recruit School is the fourth of four trooper recruit schools started in 2016, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school; a first in the department’s 100-year history.

The MSP is actively recruiting for a trooper recruit school anticipated to begin in June; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply. 

Including these new troopers, there are currently more than 1,050 troopers assigned statewide.

132nd Graduates

First District

Post Assignment

Hometown

Brandon Coil

Lansing

Traverse City

Nicholas Pendell

Lansing

Ithaca

Matthew Meek

Brighton

Fenton

Caleb Smith

Jackson

Somerset Center

Tyler Rutkowski

Monroe

Wyandotte

Second District

Post Assignment

Hometown

Mark Adams

Metro North

Trenton

Kevin Michalak

Metro North

Warren

Jordan Enders

Metro South

Petoskey

Brandon Maletta

Metro South

Macomb

Third District

Post Assignment

Hometown

Curtis Alward

Tri-City

Gladwin

Taylor DeBottis

West Branch

Howell

Brent Landman

West Branch

Saginaw

Jacob Fenslau

Lapeer

Lapeer

Fifth District

Post Assignment

Hometown

Jacob Bailey

Paw Paw

Hastings

Dustin Roesler

Paw Paw

Whitehall

Tyler Spoelma

Wayland

Kentwood

Kevin Lee

Niles

Chicago Ridge, IL

Sixth District

Post Assignment

Hometown

Grant Huber

Rockford

Clarkston

Jacob Grinwis

Hart

Whitehall

Maya Hairston-Moore

Mt. Pleasant

Lansing

Miguel Mendez-Ibanez

Mt. Pleasant

Lansing

Seventh District

Post Assignment

Hometown

Tyler Ruffer

Houghton Lake

Stanton

Jacob Hubbard

Gaylord

Reading

Taylor Kann

Alpena

Mio

Joshua Smith

Alpena

Sanford

Eighth District

Post Assignment

Hometown

Steven Kusch

Negaunee

Roseville

Cody Mayer

Sault Ste. Marie

Rudyard

Alyson Burch

Iron Mountain

Davison