The Michigan State Police trooper performs a full range of law enforcement assignments and is a certified police officer by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).
A trooper typically works out of a State Police post and patrols the roads of an assigned geographical area to prevent or detect traffic law violations, conducts investigations of law violations, and provides a variety of related services to the public. They may also be utilized in a range of specialty assignments, such as the Canine Team, the Marines Services Unit, or the Forensic Science Division.
Typically, work is performed under the direction of a sergeant or lieutenant. A trooper must routinely exercise extensive independent judgment in making decisions that may include taking immediate actions with limited opportunity to consider various alternatives.