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Ask A Trooper
Physical Training Leads the Way At Recruit School
The Michigan State Police trooper performs a full range of law enforcement assignments and is a certified police officer by the Michigan Commission on Law En-
forcement Standards (MCOLES).”
A trooper typically works out of a State Police post and patrols the roads of an assigned geographical area to prevent or detect traffic law violations, conducts investigations of law viola- tions, and provides a variety of related services to the public. They may also be assigned to the central or district office or work in a particular branch of law enforcement, such as vehicle
safety inspection, dog handling, under- water search and recovery, or forensic science.
Usually, work is performed under the direction of a sergeant or lieutenant. A trooper must routinely exercise ex- tensive independent judgment in mak- ing decisions that may include taking immediate actions with limited oppor- tunity to consider various alternatives.
Every enlisted member was once a recruit, giving each officer, from troop- er to colonel, a shared experience unlike any other. Often compared to a military boot camp, the recruit school environ- ment instills discipline, commitment and excellence. From the residential program to the demanding physical training, every aspect of recruit school is designed to build team work and ca- maraderie among recruits and provide each individual the foundation for a successful career.
The demanding day of a MSP re- cruit begins at 5am with reveille, after 30 minutes to prepare for the day, the recruit’s report to physical training. The strenuous work-out includes running, strength training and aerobics, as well as health and nutrition.
After physical training, recruits are given 15 minutes to shower and change before breakfast, the quickest meal of the day. The recruits have just 30 min- utes to eat breakfast and prepare his/her room for inspection. The recruit is also quizzed on academic material and de- partment policies and procedures.
Morning classes begin at 8am. The classes cover topics vital to the execu- tion of law enforcement duties includ- ing criminal law and procedure, consti- tutional law, report writing and cultural awareness.
The first break comes at lunch, where the recruits have one hour to eat, study and prepare for the afternoon ac- tivities.
During the afternoon the recruits participate in hands-on activities learn- ing first aid, firearms, defensive tac- tics, water safety, and patrol tactics. For these topics, the recruit’s classes are broken into smaller squads allow- ing more one-on-one interaction with instructors.
Dinner begins promptly at 5pm. The evening is filled with military drills, work details, testing, and study time. The playing of taps signals lights out at 10pm.
The day’s activities repeat five days a week for 20 to 22 weeks. As a res- idential program, the recruits are only allowed to leave the Training Academy on Friday evenings and must return on Sunday afternoons.
The recruits are challenged physical- ly, mentally and emotionally. You have to want it and you have to earn the right to wear the uniform of the Michigan State Police.
It’s making a conscious choice to come back week after week.
Captain Kevin MCGaffigan is quot- ed as saying, “Pain is temporary. Pride is forever!”
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