Michigan State Police looks to recruit local troopers

Joanie Moore, Contributing Writer

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Michigan State Police Sgt. Scott McManus rides a bicycle while patrolling on Mackinaw Island. “There is a lot of diversity when you choose a career with the state police,” McManus said. “I spent a summer doing bike patrol on Mackinaw Island, had Governor detail and served with TNT.” McManus is now the 7th District Recruiter.  

REGION – In today’s world of advanced technology and sciences, high school and college graduates are faced with more career choices now than ever before. One state agency is working hard to remain forefront and visible in hopes of attracting some new employees.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is seeking qualified individuals to apply for upcoming recruit schools. They hope to hire 300 troopers over the next three years to replace retiring personnel.

“If you’re a motivated person looking for a rewarding career by serving your community, we want to hear from you,” state trooper Ben Eckola said. “The process begins with an application, a civil service exam and proceeds with a background exam, physical agility tests, interviews and other screenings.”

Eckola said one of the things that drew him to the MSP was the quality of the initial training recruits received, and the diversity of paths available following graduation. Unlike most other law enforcement academies, MSP recruits do not have to pay to attend.

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