(Lansing, MI) – State Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) joined Director of the Michigan State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and hundreds of others in congratulating Michigan’s 35 newest state troopers as they graduated from the 122nd Trooper Recruit School. The ceremony was held in Lansing on May 13 with Governor Rick Snyder as the keynote speaker.
Trooper Sean Street, a recruit from Brownstown, was among the day’s graduates. Tpr. Street was recognized at the ceremony for received the Team Building Award.
“It was an honor for me to attend this event,” Colbeck said. “It’s a blessing to know that there are people willing to sacrifice and lay their lives on the line for the rest of us. In today’s pop culture it’s good to see these young men and women committed to honor and integrity. It’s refreshing and inspiring.
“I would like to offer special congratulations to Trooper Street on a job well done. We are fortunate in that he will come back to serve our area from the Monroe Post.
“My hat’s off to Trooper Street and Michigan’s other 34 new state troopers, and to their families and friends who offered encouragement and support,” Colbeck concluded.
“To accept the honor of becoming a trooper is to also embrace and recognize the department’s proud tradition and high standards of service, through excellence, integrity, and courtesy,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, during her address to the recruits. “Every time we pin our badge on our uniform, we remember the importance of this symbol. Our badge represents the authority granted to us by law and the trust of the citizens we serve.”
“With this graduation, not only do these recruits become troopers, they and their families are now members of our Michigan State Police family and part of a 94-year proud tradition,” said Colonel Etue.
The 122nd Trooper Recruit School began on December 26, 2010, when 38 prospective troopers reported to the Training Academy. For the past 20 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. Graduating recruits were assigned to MSP work sites across the state and will report to their respective posts for duty next week.
The department solicited over 800 potential candidates for the 122nd Trooper Recruit School. Sgt. Kevin Rod was the Recruit School Commander. Special emphasis was given to recruiting military veterans and certified police officers without employment. In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.
This is the first trooper recruit school held since 2008, which graduated 83 new troopers.
In September 2010, Michigan was awarded a $5.8 million federal grant to fund 21 trooper jobs from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The grant provided 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for entry level officer positions over a three year period. The MSP is required to retain the grant-funded positions for a fourth year. The new troopers will backfill the community service trooper positions that were announced in January 2010.