The Michigan State Police (MSP) is looking for motivated individuals who are seeking an exciting career as a trooper.
They’ve stepped up their efforts by training new recruiters to seek out prospective applicants.
Sergeant Benjamin Eckola and Trooper Kristina Droste of the Gaylord Post recently attended recruiter training at the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing.
“We are always on the lookout for prospective troopers”, said Lt. Derrick Carroll of the MSP Seventh District Headquarters located in Gaylord. “We put together a group of our newest troopers and asked them why they chose a career in the state police.”
The group overwhelmingly cited opportunity for growth.
They were drawn to the many specialty teams and ability to do different jobs in the agency.
The second most important reason was the professionalism and traditions of the MSP.
Almost everyone stated the recruiter they worked with or a trooper they knew was a positive influence and instrumental in their decision to become a trooper.
The new recruiters are looking forward to meeting new candidates and sharing their story of why a career in the MSP has been rewarding for them.
According to Carroll, in the past, people were reluctant to join the MSP because they did not want to leave the area, or they wouldn’t find out which post they’d be assigned to until after completing recruit school.
This has all changed.
The MSP has adjusted to the times.
A spouse may have a great job and they don’t want to move, or someone simply wants to remain close to friends and family.
The MSP now gives the applicant three choices of where they would like to go.
The prospective trooper knows where they will be assigned prior to reporting to the academy for training.
“We believe this will attract many new applicants and entice current law enforcement officers to join our ranks,” Carroll said.
Current law enforcement officers are guaranteed their first choice.
Trooper recruits receive pay and benefits beginning the first day they report to the academy for training.
The MSP Gaylord Post serves Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego Counties.
If you’re interested in a career in the MSP, you’re asked to call the Gaylord Post at (989) 732-2778 and ask to speak to a recruiter.