Why I Became a State Trooper: Tpr. Jesse Graffagnino

Tpr. Jesse Graffagnino

I grew up in the Metro Detroit area in a small city called Riverview. Growing up, I always looked up to police officers and had many who were role models for me, including coaches and parents of friends. 

My senior year of high school, I received a scholarship to attend the Kiwanis International Law Enforcement Career Academy. I lived the life of a Michigan State Police recruit for one week alongside other cadets interested in a career in law enforcement. The level of respect, professionalism, discipline and above all, the tradition that the Michigan State Police offered motivated me. This experience helped confirm that becoming a Michigan State Trooper is what I wanted to do. 

I worked for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for a year and a half until I was eligible to apply to the Michigan State Police. In June 2016, I became a member of the 130th Trooper Recruit School. Upon graduation, I was stationed out of the Fifth District Marshall Post for one year before transferring back home to the Second District Metro South Post. I am proud to be back in the Metro Detroit area serving the many communities that I grew up in. 

During the summer of 2017, I taught in the same Kiwanis International Law Enforcement Career Academy that I once attended. It’s now my goal to inspire others to pursue a career in law enforcement.

The process and training to become a trooper was not easy, but the process changed my life. “If you think you can… you will, if you think you can’t… you’re right.” To make a difference in your community and be a part of an elite force of respected professionals, visit mi.gov/mspjobs or email us at msprecruiting@michigan.gov.