Motor Carrier Officer Careers


Motor Carrier Officers are armed members of the Michigan State Police with enforcement authority throughout the state of Michigan. Motor Carrier Officers attend training at the academy in Lansing. Recruits receive hands-on, lecture, and scenario-based instruction in many areas, including:

  • Firearms
  • Patrol Techniques
  • First Aid
  • Criminal Law
  • Precision Driving
  • Water Safety
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Report Writing
  • Ethics
  • FMCSA Regulations
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Implicit Bias

On Duty:

Motor Carrier Officers enforce traffic safety laws on commercial vehicles, protect the infrastructure through size and weight enforcement, conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections, and contribute to homeland security efforts by enforcing hazardous material regulations. Motor carrier officers also respond to emergency situations, e.g., traffic crashes, assist distressed motorists, backup other law enforcement officers, and are a resource for agencies statewide with investigations involving commercial vehicles.

Work is typically performed either at a weigh station or on road patrol. Alternatively, the officer may be assigned to a specialized unit in the headquarters office or at a field location. A Motor Carrier Officer's patrol is self-directed and encourages proactive and independent decision making.

Individual worksites set schedules and many prioritize day shifts, with limited weekend work.

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