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Why Become a Trooper?

State troopers have statewide jurisdiction and recruits get to choose their top three post locations.

MSP provides ongoing top-notch training and equipment, and troopers regularly conduct their own investigations with support from MSP’s numerous resources. There's ample opportunity for career advancement and many different career paths to follow.  

Troopers receive competitive pay: $83,762*
*After six years. Does not include overtime or shift premiums.

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Trooper recruits sit in the auditorium on the first day of recruit school.

Trooper Recruit School

All troopers complete our residential training academy in Lansing, Michigan where they receive nearly 1,200 hours of hands-on, lecture, and scenario-based instruction.

Recruits receive:

  • Post assignment prior to the start of recruit school
  • Paid training during recruit school
  • Insurance and benefits
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Female Michigan State Police detective with badge on belt.

Career Paths

There are several career paths available to troopers. After successful completion of the probationary period and two years of service, troopers are eligible to apply for specialty assignments including:

  • Canine Unit
  • Computer Crimes
  • Detective
  • and many more.
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More Career Opportunities with the Michigan State Police:

Male motor carrier officer standing in front of a Michigan State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division patrol car.

Motor Carrier Officer

Motor carrier officers are armed members of the Michigan State Police responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. Motor carrier officers enforce traffic safety laws on commercial vehicles, protect the infrastructure through size and weight enforcement, and conduct inspections.
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Three state properties security officers in front of the State Capitol.

State Properties Security Officer (SPSO)

All SPSO positions are based in the Lansing area. SPSO's perform a number of law enforcement functions while on duty including patrol of the Capitol Grounds and state office buildings, security at special events, dignitary protection, and investigation of criminal complaints.
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Civilian forensic scientist working in lab.

Civilian Careers

Michigan State Police has several rewarding career options for civilians, including criminal analysis, forensic science, and emergency dispatching. 

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Youth Trooper Explorers training with troopers to make a traffic stop.

Youth Opportunities

Youth opportunities including the Cadet and Trooper Explorer Programs offer students and young adults a chance to learn more about the policing profession while receiving training and mentoring from troopers. 
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