Michigan State Police

7150 Harris Drive, Dimondale
Windsor Township, MI, 48813, US

Education Categories

FROM THE Schools

For those looking for a career serving the community, being a role model and making a difference in many lives, Michigan State Police has an opportunity for training and job placement with the state's law enforcement agency.

Michigan State Police troopers are full-service police officers with law enforcement authority throughout the state. They conduct criminal investigations and traffic enforcement all over the state and can help anywhere they are needed within Michigan.

The Michigan State Police help enforce laws, but the troopers are also a friendly face to the public, says First Lieutenant Robert Hendrix.

"We want children and everyone out in the area to know they can approach us. We want them to know they can come to us without any fear," Hendrix says. "We are no different than they are Ñ we just wear a uniform."

Those looking to become Michigan State Police officers must be 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, have a satisfactory driving record, no felony arrests or convictions and pass the vision and hearing requirements. Recruits must also be Michigan residents by they time they complete recruit school.

When it comes to the ideal recruit, there are a few things the Michigan State Police are looking for.

"We look for people who are committed and who have an attention to detail. Physical fitness is definitely important because you never know what's going to happen on a day-to-day basis," says Lieutenant Jeremy Carlisle. "We want people who want to serve the community and want to give back." In addition, MSP troopers have a positive impact on people's lives and have a lot to offer those who are looking for a career in public service who will help shape the future of law enforcement.

A law enforcement degree isn't required and job functions are taught in recruit school, Hendrix notes.

In addition, troopers come from all backgrounds, which helps shape the Michigan State Police force. "We have recruits from all races, religions, socio-economic backgrounds," Hendrix says. "We have a lot of opportunities for them down the line where they can use their previous skills as part of this job."

Recruits receive paid training at the academy. All recruits are required to attend the academy, even if they have a law enforcement background. The residential training academy is located in Lansing, and each recruit completes nearly 1,200 hours of hands-on lecture and scenario-based instructions in areas like firearms, patrol techniques, first aid criminal law, crime scene processing, precision driving, water safety, defensive tactics, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias.

Once recruits complete the academy, Carlisle says they are assigned to one of Michigan's 30 State Police posts. They serve the public by deterring crime, apprehending criminals, conducting traffic enforcement and participating in community outreach and prevention programs.

Recruits are able to request a field post, especially those who have families.

"We consider that we have some recruits that are married and they may have already set up residency or their spouse could have a job. We do give them some priority because we know we have to keep them in a certain area," Hendrix says.

Once at one of the 30 posts, the recruits are assigned to other officers to continue their training on the job.

After two years of service to the Michigan State Police, troopers are eligible to apply for specialty assignments in areas such as detective, forensics, computer crimes, emergency management, aviation, fugitive teams, bomb squad, narcotics, canine unit, marine teams, motorcycle unit and tactical bicycle team.

For those who want to learn more about careers in the criminal justice field, the Michigan State Police has internship opportunities available for those who have completed high school, along with youth programs. The MSP wants troopers from all walks of life to represent the Michigan State Police with a spirit of service to Michiganders. For information on these programs, visit the Michigan State Police youth programs web page.

For more information on the MSP, visit the Michigan State Police website.