LANSING -

Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced that 82 new troopers are going to join the ranks of the Michigan State Police following graduation from the 126th Trooper Recruit School. 

Gov. Rick Snyder attended the graduation, delivering the keynote speech at the ceremony, saying: "We’re proud to salute our newest troopers and thank them for their courage, dedication and professionalism. We wish them all long, safe and fulfilling careers in the service of our great state.”

Over the past 21 weeks recruits were trained in firearms, water safety, report processing, precision driving, patrol techniques, first aid, ethics, criminal law, crime scene processing and defensive tactics.

They also participated in community outreach programs with the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing and the YMCA in Williamston. 

Graduates that received special honors included: Trooper Timothy Madison, Team Building Award, Trooper Brett Brice, Marksmanship Award, and Trooper Joel Perkins, Academic Achievement Award. 

All of the graduates will start their new posts next week. 

The next MSP recruit school begins on June 8. All who are interested in being an MSP recruit should look at michigan.gov/mspjobs to apply.