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My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job
My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

LANSING, Mich.—Dozens of new State Police troopers are now on the job throughout Michigan.

Governor Snyder served as the keynote speaker during the 127th Trooper Recruit School’s recent graduation ceremony.  During the event, Tpr. David Williams was recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.

The 127th Trooper Recruit School began in June with 98 people, who trained for 21 weeks in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  From this class, 80 new troopers will serve nearly 30 posts scattered across the state.  West Michigan’s newly minted troopers include Tprs. Chadwick Bloom of Rockford and Christopher Clark of Grand Haven, who work out of the Metro Post; Tpr. Scott Russo of Grand Rapids, who serve from the Wayland Post; Tprs. Lance Veldkamp of Rockford and Craig Willea of Muskegon, who are assigned to the Hart Post; and Tpr. Evan Alkema of Kalamazoo, who serves the Houghton Lake Post.

The next trooper recruit school is expected to start early next year.  For additional information, visit the Michigan State Police website.