Jackson MSP Post welcomes two new Troopers

Michigan’s newest troopers are reporting to work at Michigan State Police (MSP) posts  after graduating from the 135th Trooper Recruit School on April 3. Troopers Russell Crawford and Langdon Langham have been assigned to the Jackson MSP Post.

MSP Director Col. Joe Gasper administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Lansing Center. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the keynote address.

“I’m proud to recognize the graduates of the 135th Trooper Recruit School who are joining the ranks of the Michigan State Police today,” said Whitmer. “There is no greater calling than service to others and it is my honor to support you as you commit yourselves to a career of public service right here in our great state of Michigan. I wish each of you a long, safe and rewarding career with the Michigan State Police.”

In his address, Gasper said, “As you leave here today, I encourage you to seek to be what I call the ‘quiet professional.’ Listen first and show kindness, treating everyone with dignity and respect.”

Tpr. Coty Hug was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Robert Swanson II who received the Academic Achievement and Outstanding Performance awards, Tpr. Patrick Gaudard who received the Team Building Award and Tpr. Gunnar Pila who received the Marksmanship Award.

The 135th Trooper Recruit School began on Sept. 23, 2019, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing.

For 28 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.

Recruits organized a holiday toy drive in partnership with the Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots”; and raised $8,400 for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.

They also helped prepare a meal for the Commission on Aging’s “Meals on Wheels” program.

The MSP is recruiting for future  schools. For information on how to apply, visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs. The next trooper recruit school is anticipated to begin in June.


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