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Trooper FAQs

  • The MSP is always accepting applications. The first step in the application process is passing the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam. To start the application process, go to Apply Now
  • Study material is available at frontlinetest.com
  • Please see trooper salary and benefits for more information.
  • Troopers attend trooper recruit school and do not pay for their training or equipment. Upon graduation from recruit school, troopers are assigned to a Post. It is the primary responsibility of troopers to deter criminal activity, arrest those that break the law, investigate crimes, and improve traffic safety. As a certified police officer, troopers not only have the opportunity to work anywhere in the state, they also have the opportunity to work in a variety of specialty areas. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Investigative Support Teams and Specialized Investigators
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Biometrics and Identification
    • Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    • Emergency Support Team
    • Aviation Unit
    • Dive Team
    • Bomb Squad
    • Canine Unit
    • Motor Unit
    • Executive Protection
  • The hiring process takes approximately six months. Selection is aimed at identifying the most qualified and dedicated applicants for the next recruit school.
  • Yes, the test consists of four events: vertical jump, sit-ups, push-ups, and a ½ mile shuttle run. For more information, please visit Step 2 of the hiring process.
  • The MSP is running trooper recruit schools up to two times each calendar year. 
  • Most recruit schools are a 20-22 week residential program. Recruits are required to live at the MSP Training Academy Sunday through Friday. The Academy is located at 7426 N. Canal Rd., Lansing, MI. For more information, visit trooper recruit school.
  • Recruits are employees of the MSP the first day of recruit school and do not pay for their training. Recruits receive a monthly salary, full insurance, and other benefits while attending recruit school. Learn more about trooper salary and benefits
  • Recruit school lodging is provided at the MSP Training Academy, located at 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913. Each recruit is assigned a bed in a two-bed room with a sink and community shower room on the same floor. Male and female recruits are lodged on different floors.
  • Applicants invited to the next recruit school receive an appointment letter describing details of the recruit school orientation and specific equipment necessary to begin the training.
  • The MSP training Academy has prepared a Physical Training Preparation Plan to help you prepare for what is ahead in Recruit School.

    Recruiters also host Applicant Preparation Sessions, which can be found on our Events Calendar

    Candidates should begin physically preparing several months before the first day of recruit school. A recruit is expected to report with a solid base of physical fitness in which he/she should be prepared to meet or exceed the following:

    • 1.5 mile run in 12 minutes or less
    • 4 miles of sustained running at an 8 - 11 minute pace
    • 125 rope jumps per minute
    • 45 push-ups in one minute
    • 10 chin-ups
    • 70 sit-ups in 2 minutes
    • Tread water without using hands for 5 minutes

    Preparation for the above includes:

    • Distance running (8 - 11 minute pace)
    • Short distance/higher intensity running (sprints, fast/slow runs, etc.)
    • Swimming
    • Bicycling
    • Jump roping
    • Sit-ups (any variety where the legs are NOT weighted/held down)
    • Push-ups
    • Half squats and static squats
    • Weight lifting/resistance/cross-fit training
    • Chin-ups

    Recruits are educated and sensitized as to the need for a lifestyle of daily physical activity as a practicing law enforcement officer. Physically fit individuals are more often capable of responding efficiently and effectively to both physical and mental demands placed on them than their sedentary counterparts.

    This is the basic premise upon which the goals of a law enforcement physical fitness program are established and upon which each recruit will be totally familiar with by the conclusion of recruit school.

  • Applicants are asked to submit three preferred post locations when receiving their conditional offer of employment with their most preferred as number one. Every effort is made to fulfill their request while balancing the personnel needs of the agency. Applicants will receive their post assignment in their Appointment Letter.
  • MSP recruiters are an excellent resource for prospective applicants. In addition to providing their own, unique experiences, recruiters help guide applicants through the selection process and are available to answer any question or meet one-on-one to discuss what it means to become a trooper.
  • After graduation, recruits become probationary troopers assigned to posts across the state. Each new trooper is assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) at the post and accompanies the FTO on all his/her assignments and shifts. At the completion of the probation period, which lasts approximately 17 weeks, the new troopers are certified to work alone.
  • Eligible members have the option to purchase up to two years of military time. Members should contact the Office of Retirement Services (ORS) for more information.
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Motor Carrier Officer FAQs

  • The MSP is always accepting applications. To start the application process, Apply Now. Applicants will be required to upload the following documents into NEOGOV when filling out the online application, if applicable:

  • Study material for the Entry Level Law Enforcement Exam is available at www.frontlinetest.com
  • Learn more about motor carrier officer salary and benefits. This does not include overtime or shift premiums. Officers receive an additional 5% per hour when not working a day shift. They also receive shift premiums, longevity incentives based on years of state service, and an annual uniform cleaning allowance of $450.00.
  • Benefits of becoming a motor carrier officer include: a flexible work schedule, duty uniform, training, post assignments, potential for take-home patrol vehicle, and a specialized law enforcement career. Officers generally do not work state holidays and very minimal weekend shifts.
  • Motor carrier officers have all powers conferred upon a peace officer for the purpose of enforcing the general laws of this state as they pertain to commercial vehicles. In addition to enforcing commercial vehicle law, on-duty motor carrier officers have arrest authority for:

    • Any felonies committed in the presence of an officer or with reasonable cause to believe an individual has committed a felony.
    • Any arrest warrants, including misdemeanor warrants.
    • Misdemeanor assault and battery when committed in an officer's presence.
    • Operating While Intoxicated.
    • Malicious destruction of public, private, or police property.

    Motor carrier officers are not certified through MCOLES.

  • Motor carrier officers are deployed from Michigan State Police posts throughout the state. Additionally, motor carrier officers operate the Michigan Department of Transportation Scale Facilities located throughout the state. These scale facilities are vital to infrastructure protection and serve as a safe location for vehicle/driver inspections. Scale locations include: New Buffalo, Grass Lake, Coldwater, Monroe, Fowlerville, Ionia, Cambridge, and Powers.

    Motor carrier officers patrol the interstate freeway system as well as state and county roads for commercial vehicles violating state and federal regulations.

  • Motor carrier officer recruit schools are not held on a routine basis; however, applications are always accepted. To start the application process, go to Apply Now
  • Motor carrier officer recruit schools are 18-20 week residential programs. Recruits are required to live at the Michigan State Police Training Academy, located at 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913, for the duration of the training. For more information, visit Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.
  • Recruits are considered employees of the Michigan State Police beginning the first day of recruit school and do not pay for their training. Learn more about salary and benefits.
  • Recruit school lodging is provided at the MSP Training Academy, located at 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913. Each recruit is assigned a bed in a two-bed room with a sink and community shower room on the same floor. Male and female recruits are lodged on different floors.
  • Applicants invited to the next recruit school receive an appointment letter describing details of the recruit school orientation and specific equipment necessary to begin the training.
  • Recruits remain at the Michigan State Police Training Academy for the duration of the recruit school. Recruits are allowed to leave the Training Academy on Friday evenings, but must return on Sunday afternoons.
  • Applicants are asked to submit preferred post locations when receiving their conditional offer of employment with their most preferred as number one. Every effort is made to fulfill their request while balancing the personnel needs of the agency. Applicants will receive their post assignment in their Appointment Letter.
  • MSP Recruiters are an excellent resource for prospective applicants. In addition to providing their own, unique experiences, recruiters help guide applicants through the selection process and are available to answer any question or meet one-on-one to discuss what it means to become a motor carrier officer.

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  • After graduation, recruits become probationary motor carrier officers (MCOs) assigned to posts across the state. Each new MCO is assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) at the post and accompanies the FTO on all his/her assignments and shifts. At the completion of the probation period, which lasts approximately 17 weeks, the new MCOs are certified to work alone.
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State Properties Security Officer FAQs

  • Begin the application by visiting Apply Now.

    Applicants will be required to upload the following documents into NEOGOV when filling out the online application, if applicable:

  • Please see salary and benefits for more information. 
  • State properties security officer recruit schools are not held on a routine basis. 
  • Recruits are considered employees of the MSP beginning the first day of recruit school and do not pay for their training. Recruit uniforms are provided by the department. Learn more about salary and benefits
  • Aimed at identifying the most qualified and dedicated applicants, the extensive MSP hiring process can take months to complete. Successful applicants are invited to join the next recruit school at the completion of the entire process.

  • State properties security officer training is typically between 8-10 weeks. This process includes a mix of residential and classroom training.
  • Recruit school lodging is provided at the MSP Training Academy, located at 7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, Michigan 48913. Each recruit is assigned a bed in a two-bed room with a sink and community shower room on the same floor. Male and female recruits are lodged on different floors.
  • Applicants invited to the next recruit school receive an appointment letter describing details of the recruit school orientation and specific equipment necessary to begin the training.
  • Recruits remain at the MSP Training Academy for the duration of the recruit school. Recruits are allowed to leave the Training Academy on Friday evenings, but must return on Sunday afternoons.
  • All SPSO positions are assigned to Lansing Headquarters.
  • Applicants interested in the SPSO position:

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