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Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School

Motor carrier officer recruit and instructor learning with commercial vehicle.

Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School

A Recruit's Life Video

A Recruit's Life

Every Motor Carrier Officer was once a recruit, giving each officer a shared experience unlike any other. Often compared to a military officer candidate school, from the residential program to the demanding physical training, every aspect of recruit school is designed to build camaraderie among recruits and provide each individual the foundation for a successful career. 

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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


Each recruit school has a commander and assistant commander, usually at the rank of sergeant. Around five motor carrier officers from across the state, on temporary assignment to the Training Academy, also serve as instructors. Each motor carrier officer instructs one primary subject, such as patrols, but will also instruct other subjects as needed.


Recruit school takes place at the MSP Training Academy, 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913.