58 recruits graduate from MSP school - WNEM TV 5

58 recruits graduate from MSP school

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

After 22 weeks of hard work the Michigan State Police recruits have made it to the finish line.

The men and women earned their stripes and were recognized at the graduation of the 130th trooper recruit school.

Albert West, one of the recruits, is heading to the Flint post.

"Every person here, one thing about them is that they truly do want to make a difference no matter what area they're working in," West said.

Brittany Campbell is moving from the kitchen to a patrol car. She used to work at an Olive Garden restaurant. Her boss was there to celebrate her graduation.

"Brittany, I am so proud of you. You worked so hard for this and you never gave up and you found your passion and you went for it," Cindy Turner said.

In all, 58 troopers graduated from the class and 14 of them are headed to the Great Lakes Bay Region.

"We're excited to get some new bodies out there to the Thumb," said Lt. Todd Mapes. He works at the Caro post.

Mapes believes bolstering of the ranks will help keep everyone safer.

"When the numbers were down, there were some things we had to cut back on. But now we feel we can be full service so we can fully staff our post so it's really exciting for us," Mapes said.

Gov. Rick Snyder reminded the new troopers what they do makes a difference. During his speech he said violent crime is down by almost half in both Flint and Saginaw. He credited the rise in state police troopers for the drop in crime.

"I'm ready to serve the community and make a difference. So I just encourage everyone to interact with them, get to know them in their local area. They are more than happy to help you and I'm going to be happy to help everyone as best as I can," West said.

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