Eighty-five prospective troopers reported to the Michigan State Police Training Academy in Lansing Sunday for the first day of the 128th Trooper Recruit School.
For the next 21 weeks, between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the recruits will receive training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.
Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate on July 24.
The MSP has hired 430 state troopers since 2011, bringing the total number of troopers statewide to 1,023. The Michigan State Police department was created in 1917.