Lateral Entry Recruit School

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is now accepting applications from licensed law enforcement officers to join the 141st Trooper Recruit School, anticipated to begin in March 2022.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Two years or more of full-time experience as a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) licensed officer in good standing

Why MSP?

  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Variety of career paths and specialty assignments
  • Opportunites for training and professional development
  • Possibility to work anywhere in the state


Only 35 Spots Available in this Recruit School

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Applications are processed as they are received.


Lateral Entry Training Experience:

This 10-week recruit school recognizes the experience and value that prior law enforcement service brings to an agency and offers applicants an accelerated training opportunity that rewards that experience. MSP troopers are full-service police officers with enforcement authority throughout the entire state. Recruits will complete the training program (approximately 10 weeks), as well as other course work and physical training intended to provide the knowledge and skills required to function as a State Police Trooper. Those participating in our lateral entry school receive over 460 hours of hands-on, lecture, and scenario-based instruction in:

  • Firearms
  • Patrol Techniques
  • First Aid
  • Criminal Law
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Precision Driving
  • Water Safety
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Report Writing
  • Ethics
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Implicit Bias

On Duty:

Recruits are asked for their top 3 post assignment preferences, and are provided their post assignment prior to recruit school beginning. After graduation, as troopers at their posts, they are responsible for investigating and deterring crime, apprehending criminals and fugitives, conducting traffic enforcement to increase traffic safety, and participating in community outreach and prevention services activities. 

Career Paths:

After successful completion of the probationary period and two years of service, troopers are eligible to apply for specialty assignments including:

  • Detective
  • Forensics
  • Computer Crimes
  • Emergency Management
  • Aviation
  • Fugitive Teams
  • Bomb Squad
  • Narcotics Teams
  • Canine Unit
  • Marine Services Team
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Tactical Bicycle Team, and many more

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