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True Blue: A Look Inside The MSP Training School


The journey to become a Michigan State Police Trooper is long, difficult and rewarding.

Some 3,000 people applied to simply begin the journey as an MSP Trooper, but only 80 will make it through to graduation. Recruits must pass a civil service test, a physical agility test, a pre-screening interview, a medical exam and a background check.

 The real tests happen day in-and day out from June to October, Moday through Friday at the Michigan State Police Training Facility.


Each step building on the next, nothing is left out in the 19 week drill training.  Every shot, every situation prepares these men and women to serve and protect the public. The recruits are programmed to protect, re-wired to respond to real-word situations.

Even a simple lunch line is a drill. As one moves, the next reacts: straight ahead, using peripheral vision to know when to turn, grab a tray and pick up utensils.


Motivation is enstilled everyday by a poem that hangs in the building, that reads:

"Now think on this. This is who they are. They will go to the edge and beyond, alone or as a group. When they get knocked down, they get back up and keep getting back up until they win. They stand ready to protect."

There's another recruit school going on right now. The MSP is always looking for qualified people to join their ranks. If you think you have what it takes, vist the State of Michigan website.

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