LANSING - The Michigan State Police have minted 90 new troopers. The men and women of the 124th Trooper Recruit School graduated Friday. Governor Rick Snyder was the keynote speaker at the Friday afternoon ceremony in the Lansing Center. This trooper class began with 114 candidates. For 22 weeks they have received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, and precision driving.
Tpr. Christopher Phillips, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class before receiving the Team Building Award. Other award winners included Tpr. Gideon Paetz who received the Marksmanship Award, Tpr. Scott Josephs who received the Academic Achievement Award and Tpr. Brian Russell who received the Outstanding Performance Award.
Of the 90 graduating recruits, 78 have continued their education with college studies, 16 have served in the United States Military and 12 have prior law enforcement experience.
SOURCE: Michigan State Police