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July 20, 2013

High school students get opportunity to experience being state troopers

American Legion Student Trooper Program in Lansing

LANSING – This week, 48 Michigan high school students had an opportunity to find out what it takes to become Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers, as part of the 37th annual American Legion Student Trooper Program. The program began on July 14 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing and concluded with a graduation ceremony today at 11:30 a.m.

The week-long program, funded by the American Legion, is conducted by the MSP, with assistance from deputies and local officers of Michigan police agencies. The program is designed for highly motivated young men and women who are seriously interested in careers in law enforcement. In order to attend, each student is responsible for securing his/her own sponsorship from one of the American Legion offices located throughout the state.

The program, which is patterned after a regular MSP trooper recruit school, promotes an educational experience for building teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals. Between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the students learned about traffic and criminal law, defensive tactics, firearms and marksmanship fundamentals, first-aid, water safety, narcotics, search and seizure, patrol tactics, law enforcement career opportunities, forensic science, underwater recovery and character issues of leadership.

“This is an opportunity for students to learn what it takes to become Michigan State Police troopers,” said Capt. Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Academy. “The Michigan American Legion Student Trooper Program promotes the importance of education and helps build teamwork while learning about law enforcement fundamentals. The students also learn the importance of leadership and respect in order to serve as positive role models to others in their community.”

Graduates from this year’s program include:

Recruit

Hometown

Jackson Bradley

Alanson

Jett Vincent-Scarpuzza Jones

Ann Arbor

Kaylee Brunk

Attica

Daniel Glidden

Battle Creek

Blake Ertman

Benton Harbor

Isaac Grubke

Carleton

Jared Grubke

Carleton

Michael Merchant III.

Clare

Lee Green

Clarkston

Kathleen Jones

Dansville

Evan Fitzpatrick

Davisburg

Jacob Stoll

Dimondale

William Kroll II.

Dryden

Amber Eplett

Durand

Gaige Hoffman

Fairview

Arin Dunne

Flat Rock

Nikki Laurain

Flint

Mitchell Taylor

Flushing

Daniel Geeting

Fremont

Dakota Fee

Grand Blanc

Jacob Koponen

Grand Blanc

Jacob Ross

Grand Ledge

Kendell Jefferson

Grand Rapids

David Hall

Grass Lake

Zachary Josefiak

Grosse Point Woods

Heather Krystecki

Holland

Tyler DeGarmo

Holly

Joseph Cowan

Jackson

Austin Booms

Lake City

Trenton Saltsman

Lansing

Nicholas Teremi

Leslie

Janice Gilger

Mattawan

Zachary McBride

Mt. Pleasant

Alexander Ford

New Hudson

Kyle Welty

Newberry

Cole Peterson

Norway

Noah Johnson

Oxford

Nicholas Graham

Port Huron

Alexander Wilcox

Prudenville

Jacob Gostiaux

Royal Oak

Marissa Ballard

Saginaw

Conner Smith

Sanford

Thunder Ives

Springport

Bryton Foster

Tawas City

Matthew Okaiye

Waterford

Kayla Webb

Wayland

Jeffrey Keister Jr.

West Branch

Michael McNeil

Wolverine

 

 






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