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Cherished Holiday Traditions Continue During Pandemic

It can still be the most wonderful time of the year. Even with a face mask and FaceTime.....



New Testing Process "Opens Door" for Trooper Recruit School Applicants from Outside Michigan

A full switch to the National Testing Network (NTN) is increasing access for those taking the first step toward becoming a Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper. 

Recruiting One Applicant at a Time

As someone who came into the department in the 1990s, I was one of thousands of applicants who wanted to join the MSP. With so many willing candidates, the responsibility fell on me to put in the effort and figure out my way through the application process.  

State Police Honors Native American Heritage with Smudging Ceremony to Return Tribal Ancestors

In July 2019 and April 2009, human remains were discovered on private property near Jackson and from the Lake Erie shoreline near Monroe. 

Forensic Science Division

When people hear "forensic science," some immediately think of popular tv shows such as CSI, but our forensic scientists will tell you the career is quite different than television portrays. 

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

September 15 - October 15 is #HispanicHeritageMonth2020. In celebration, we're featuring three of our members who proudly identify as Hispanic and serve with our department.

Service to Country

In my 25-year career as a Michigan State Trooper, I've had the opportunity to do a lot of things that other professions do not, including meeting the President of the United States, working a security detail at the World Series and Super Bowl (without the Lions playing, of course) and the chance to transfer all over the state to work many different assignments. 

Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run Goes Virtual

Annual traditions may have taken a bit of a backseat the better part of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some things are just too important to put off.  

U.P. Mainstay Readies to Retire after 33 Years

Not long after graduating from the 101st Trooper Recruit School in 1987, and at the push from a partner, Capt. John Halpin visited Newberry. Growing up in Marine City, in St. Clair County, he’d only been to the Upper Peninsula once before, to Sault Ste. Marie. 

Adapted Training, Unique Graduation Day for 65 New Troopers Educated During Global Pandemic

Excitement filled the rooms that separated 65 recruits into small groups to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Just minutes away from becoming Michigan State Police Troopers, every deep breath taken to calm graduation day nerves was contained by a face mask. 

Houghton Lake Post Trooper Honors 53 Fallen MSP Members During Police Week 2020

Tpr. Cabria Shirley purchased 53 small American flags, each adorned with the Thin Blue Line, and carefully added the names of the Michigan State Police's fallen - 53 who have given their lives in the line of duty. 

Happy Mother's Day!

To our MSP moms and moms everywhere, we wish you a very Happy Mother's Day!

Trooper Read Alongs: Children's Stories

Follow along with troopers from the MSP Lansing Post as they read a children's book each Thursday.

MSP Grateful for Community Support During COVID-19 Pandemic
With sanitizing products still in high demand, businesses across Michigan are making sure the State Police posts in their communities have access to items that will keep our first responders safe and healthy.
The Helpers

Could that Mister Rogers quote about "the helpers" be the reminder we all could use right about now? 

For those not familiar, it goes like this - "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"

Michigan Residents Help Name Future Medical Service Dog Co-Sponsored by MSP Recruits

And the winner is…Tuebor. The Michigan-centric moniker meaning "I will defend" was the public favorite, taking nearly 60 percent of online votes, over Lansing, for our state's Capital, and Bobby, the British term for a police officer. 


Video Series: March is Women's History Month

In recognition of March being Women's History Month, the MSP sends our appreciation to all of the women who serve in law enforcement.

To recognize the variety of roles that women have in our department, we compiled a four-part video series featuring a few of our female members.  

T.E.A.M. School Liaison Program Gains 25 New Officers

Twenty-five officers from around the state will soon be headed to classrooms in your community after graduating from the Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) School Liaison Program. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Grants and Community Service Division hosted the four-day training, which concluded Thursday, Feb. 27.

MSP Recognizes Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In recognition, we're sharing some personal stories and professional accomplishments from members of our MSP family.



Paw Paw Post Collecting Can Tabs for Child's "Earicle"

A family who is fundraising for their little boy's life-changing medical procedure has backing from the blue - lots of it. Tpr. Lena Wileczek, assigned to the Paw Paw Post, is credited with starting a can tab drive at her work site that has so far resulted in the collection of nearly 15 pounds of can tabs.

State Police Testing "Digital Siren" to Alert Drivers Through Navigation App

Troopers patrolling some of Michigan's busiest roadways are testing technology that has the potential to help motorists make safer driving decisions and, best-case scenario - to move over when an officer is on-scene or approaching the area.