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2 GH men graduate Trooper Recruit School

Becky Vargo • Jul 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Two Grand Haven men are among the 107 recruits who graduated Thursday from the Michigan State Police 134th Trooper Recruit School.

Dustin Garwood, 33, will be stationed at the Lakeview Post. Spencer Proefrock, 23, will work from the Cadillac Post.

“These men and women have chosen a noble and rewarding career of public service,” said Gov. Rick Snyder, the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. “I appreciate their dedication to serving the residents of our great state, and wish all of them safety on the job each day.”

The 134th Trooper Recruit School began Jan. 14 when 152 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, cultural diversity and implicit bias, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, and precision driving.

In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants have to pass a stringent selection process that includes 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 Angel House and the Lansing Rescue Mission during their recruit training.

The state police force is actively recruiting for a trooper school anticipated to begin in September. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

Including these new troopers, there are 1,269 troopers assigned statewide.

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