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Milestone Moments for MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division

Not only is the Michigan State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) marking its 40th year with the department in 2022, it is also in the process of training new motor carrier officers who will graduate as part of the 25th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.

“This certainly is a proud moment for our division,” said Capt. Richard Arnold, commander of CVED. “This is our first new class in more than two years. We’re excited to be adding these members who will help keep Michigan’s roads safe for all who travel on them.”

Motor carrier officers are armed uniformed members of the MSP who specialize in commercial vehicle enforcement. They enforce traffic safety laws on commercial vehicles, protect the infrastructure through aggressive size and weight enforcement, conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections and contribute to homeland security efforts by enforcing hazardous material regulations.

The Michigan Highway Commission was established in 1905 with the first Michigan weight law passed in 1917. Truckers were allowed 30,000 pounds of gross weight with fines of $5 to $50 enforced by local police departments.

Historically, two agencies were then responsible for what we now know to be commercial vehicle enforcement – the Michigan Highway Department, which is now the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Public Utilities Commission, which is now the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).

The state’s first permanent weigh station was built in 1930 at Cambridge Junction near Ann Arbor.



Commercial vehicle enforcement functions, and personnel, were transferred to the MSP in 1982 by an executive order issued by Gov. William G. Milliken. The MSP created the Motor Carrier Division, giving motor carrier officers full police powers for the purpose of commercial vehicle enforcement.

To celebrate this milestone, all CVED members will receive a 40th anniversary challenge coin, designed to highlight four decades of dedicated service to the citizens of Michigan, the law enforcement community, and the commercial trucking industry.

“I would like to congratulate our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division on an impressive 40 years of service and commitment to traffic safety,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “As we honor our past, it’s fitting to look to the future and the next generation of motor carrier officers.”

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Twenty prospective motor carrier officers reported to the MSP Training Academy on Sunday, Feb. 23, for the first day of the 25th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.

Pictures of recruits sitting at desks

For the next 19 weeks, recruits will receive instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, precision driving, commercial vehicle law and commercial vehicle inspection procedures.

Recruits who successfully complete recruit school will graduate on July 29, 2022 , and be assigned to worksites across the state.

In order to be selected to attend the academy, applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.

Picture of recruits at desk and one standing

This is the first motor carrier officer recruit school held since 20 officers graduated from the 24th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School in December 2019.

To learn more about a career with the MSP, interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs.