Courtesy: Michigan State Police
LANSING — Michigan will soon benefit from the services of 11 additional Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers with the graduation of the 19th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School. Lt. Governor Brian Calley served as the keynote speaker at last Friday’s graduation ceremony held at the Lansing Center.
“Motor carrier officers are highly trained and their role is vital to Michigan’s economy, public safety and the protection of our highway infrastructure,” Calley said. “We salute these news officers for their courage, dedication and professionalism in serving our great state.”
“These new motor carrier officers are a welcomed and much needed addition to our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Credit for the state’s success in achieving a high level of commercial vehicle safety is attributed to the commitment of our motor carrier officers and the job they do each and every day.”
Motor carrier officers are enforcement members of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, specializing in commercial vehicle enforcement. They enhance commercial vehicle traffic safety through high visibility traffic enforcement activities, protect state highway infrastructure through aggressive size and weight enforcement and provide for homeland security through the enforcement of hazardous material regulations and criminal interdiction.
MC Ofcr. James Roose, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class. Other award winners included, MC Ofcr. Kevin Dugan who received the Academic Achievement Award, MC Ofcr. Jared Wells who received the Marksmanship Award, MC Ofcr. Joshua Ashlock who received the Outstanding Performance Award and MC Ofcr. Joshua Hodgkinson who received the Team Builder Award.
The 19th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School began on June 8, 2014, when 13 prospective officers reported to the MSP Training Academy. For the past 19 weeks, recruits received training in criminal law, commercial vehicle safety regulations, patrol tactics, problem solving, interpersonal relations, communication skills, physical fitness, first aid, firearms, defensive tactics and precision driving techniques.
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 investigations and hiring interview.
Of the 11 new officers, nine have continued their education with college studies and two have prior military experience.
Graduating recruits will report to their respective MSP posts across the state for duty next week.
The Eighth District (the Upper Peninsula) will have two new officers:
- St. Ignace Post: MC Ofcr. Kevin Dugan (hometown: Livonia)
- St. Ignace Post: MC Ofcr. Shane Pease (hometown: Millington)
One U.P. native will report to his post in the Fifth District:
- Niles Post: MC Ofcr. Jared Wells (hometown: Gwinn)
The MSP is actively recruiting; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.