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New Testing Process "Opens Door" for Trooper Recruit School Applicants from Outside Michigan

A full switch to the National Testing Network (NTN) is increasing access for those taking the first step toward becoming a Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper. The first step in the application process requires all applicants to take the Entry-Level Law Enforcement Examination. The MSP began using the NTN, which is the nation's first and largest continuous public safety recruitment and test administration company, exclusively on Nov. 1, to proctor the exam.

"If you have a computer and internet access, you can start the application process from anywhere in the world now," said F/Lt. Duane Zook, MSP's Recruiting and Selection Section Commander. "We can reach more people, which is a definite priority for us, and it's so much more convenient for applicants who reside outside of Michigan; not to mention that it's also safer for all involved given the ongoing pandemic." 

The Michigan Civil Service Commission halted offering in-person testing on March 12, as COVID-19 began to spread in the state. Having used the NTN for years for applicants not physically in Michigan, it made sense to move forward with NTN solely. 

In addition to offering the examination online, the NTN has locations in 31 states with more than 90 designated kiosk sites for those who don't have a computer or internet access. Local locations include Dearborn and East Lansing.

"The NTN exam is approved and backed by U.S. Department of Justice and tests on several components using one version of the exam, including two components very relative to law enforcement today - integrity and bias/sensitivity. This isn't just Michigan-based and that's a positive for us," said Zook. "The NTN has a national reach that could help increase our applicant numbers, especially among minority candidates."

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