What is a Trooper?



Michigan State Police troopers are full-service police officers with enforcement authority throughout the entire state. All troopers complete our residential training academy in Lansing, Michigan where they receive nearly 1,200 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:

Troopers are asked for their top 3 post assignment preferences, and are provided their post assignment prior to recruit school beginning. 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 sucessful 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 Team
  • Bomb Squad
  • Narcotics Teams
  • Canine Unit
  • Marine Services Team
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Tactical Bicycle Team, and many more

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