Area residents graduate state trooper school

Becky Vargo • Dec 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Two area men are among the 127 new Michigan State Police troopers who graduated from the 133rd Trooper Recruit School this week.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during Thursday’s ceremony at the Lansing Center.

Joe Duff II of Grand Haven and Scott Hilgeman of Fruitport will report for work next week. Duff will work at the Gaylord post, while Hilgeman has been assigned to the Rockford post.

“These men and women have chosen a very rewarding career,” said Gov. Rick Snyder, the graduation keynote speaker. “We wish our newest troopers safety each day. Thank you for dedicating your life to serving and protecting the residents of our great state.”

In her address to the graduates, Etue said, “I know you chose this career to help people and to keep communities safe. Strive every day to make a positive impact in the lives of the citizens we serve.”

Brendan Stanford was elected class orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at Thursday’s ceremony. Other award recipients included Andrew Bilbrey, who received the Academic Achievement Award; Shane Hauff, who received the Team Building Award; and Shaun Garvey, who received both the Marksmanship and Outstanding Performance awards.

The 133rd Trooper Recruit School began June 4, when 160 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 26 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.

In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.

As part of the department’s commitment to community outreach and service, the recruits volunteered at Mount Hope Elementary School, delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, worked in soup kitchens in Ingham County, sorted clothes at the Upscale Resale Store in Lansing and exercised with students at Maple Valley High School in Vermontville.

The MSP is recruiting for a trooper school anticipated to begin in January; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

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