MSP recruits halfway through training - WNEM TV 5

MSP recruits halfway through training

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TV5 has been following three Michigan State Police recruits from Mid-Michigan who are being trained to serve and protect.

"It's not getting any easier. It's continuing to get harder," said Justin Clarke, Flint recruit.

It's week 12 of an intense 22 week training program for the recruits.

"In my mind it's just one day at a time, one week at a time and hopefully I'll make it to the end," said Shawtina Austin, Saginaw recruit.

TV5 got a sneak peek as the recruits went through the driving training program. The obstacle course teaches the recruits how to maneuver the vehicle quickly and handle high speed driving.

"The drive track by far has been the funnest week here. We're learning a lot, but at the same time having a lot of fun with it," said Zachary Bothe, Saginaw recruit.

The instructor drove about 80 miles per hour on a small course with a lot of turns.

"So what we're teaching them today is the proper line of travel through the twists and turns, how to brake so they don't lose control of the car and it's probably the most exciting time for the recruits because it allows you to test the limits of the car," Sgt. Michael McCarthy said.

Through all the training, the tough to the exciting, the Mid-Michigan recruits said they never forget why they're doing it.

"There's a lot going on in Flint and with me being from Flint, that's another person from the community that could be a resource. Even if maybe I'm not placed there, I can be a resource to Flint," Clarke said.

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