Determination, willpower, and drive. Three traits that Trooper Brian Kinaschuk says are essential to being a state trooper.
“It’s a very long school. It’s grueling physically and mentally,” Trooper Kinaschuck said.
Today, 101 men and women who possess those traits took an oath.
Trooper Kinaschuck is the Michigan State Police Academy Physical Trainer. He said it’s always incredible to see how far the reruits come during their twenty-eight weeks of training.
“Every school you have just a sheer amount, a lot of pride that goes into training these recruits, seeing where they start– kind of molding them into what they’ve turned out,” Trooper Kinaschuch said.
After twenty-eight grueling weeks, the hard work of these men and women has paid off.
“There’s not too many words that can really express just how I’m feeling right now,” recent graduate Trooper Landon Langham said.
Trooper Langham is a second generation who says he’s forever grateful for this opportunity and all the things he’s learned along the way.
“This process was the most challenging thing that I’ve ever done and the best thing that I could have ever done for myself and my family,” he said.
In a society where being a police officer isn’t easy, he said this is by far the number one thing he should and can be a part of– along with the 100 others in the 135th trooper recruit class who are ready to serve their community.