Troopers graduate; five join the Grand Rapids MSP Post

LANSING—Michigan communities benefit from the addition of 57 troopers who graduated August 20 from the 139th Trooper Recruit School. The Grand Rapids MSP Post welcomes Tpr. Carson Crook, Tpr. Ryan Doyle, and Tpr. Chad Hopkins.

During the ceremony in Lansing, in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was keynote speaker, Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office.

“Public service is a noble calling and I’m proud of the 57 graduates who join the ranks of the Michigan State Police today to begin serving the people of Michigan,” said Governor Whitmer. “The Michigan State Police is one of the premier law enforcement agencies in our country, and I want every trooper to know that as a former prosecutor, I got your back and I recognize and appreciate the sacrifices you make to keep us safe.”

The 139th Trooper Recruit School began on March 7 with 75 prospective troopers, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. Recruits received training in patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, firearms, water safety, defensive tactics and precision driving.

Including the 57 graduates of the 139th Trooper Recruit School, there are approximately 1,215 troopers assigned statewide, and a total of 1,900 enlisted members in the MSP.

The next recruit school, the 140th Trooper Recruit School, begins on Aug. 22, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing with 74 prospective troopers. They are expected to graduate on Feb. 17, 2022.

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