The recruits and their families arrived
at the Michigan State Police Training Academy early Sunday afternoon,
May 12, 2013. Eighty recruits and their families were invited to a
family orientation. They were addressed by speakers, Sgt. Kevin Rod,
Capt. Kari L. Kusmierz, Sgt. Kandyce Herr, Dr. Robert Wolford, and
Chaplain Peter Nickel. Final instructions were given by Sgt. Kandyce
Each of the recruits and their families were provided tours of
the Training Academy. They left orientation with instructions to
report back to the Training Academy steps at 5:00 p.m. sharp.
said their goodbyes to friends and family, at 5:00 p.m. eighty recruits
lined the sidewalks standing at attention in front of the Training
Academy. Filled with nervous anxiety and anticipation, the recruits
began their journey with the goal of becoming a Michigan State Police
The recruits first received a message from Sgt. Herr, the
125th Trooper Recruit School Commander, with family and friends watching
from a distance. Sgt. Herr gave the command, "Secure your gear” and
they marched into the training academy as recruits of the 125th Michigan
State Police Trooper Recruit School.
The recruits had many tasks
before the day was over. They were measured for uniforms, received
physical training gear, mugs, legal/first aid books and other required
equipment. They received room keys and were directed to their rooms to
dress in their utility uniform, stow their gear and assemble in the
north stairwell. As a class, for the first time the recruits marched to
the auditorium where they were given further instruction by Sgt. Herr.
The recruits’ night was not yet complete, though. They returned to
their rooms to organize their belongings, equipment and room according
to policy under the watchful eyes of the temporary staff.
played at 10:00 p.m., signaling the end of day one.