2017-12-07 / News

Eckola of Rudyard Among 3 New Troopers To Join St. Ignace State Police Post

By Erich T. Doerr


Three new troopers joining the St. Ignace Michigan State Police post are (from left) Anthony Wolfe of Fort Gratiot, Samuel Eckola of Rudyard, and Tyler Anderson of Perry. Assigned to this area after graduating from the 133rd Trooper Recruit School last week, they began on-the-job training Monday, December 4. (Photograph Courtesy of the Michigan State Police) Three new troopers joining the St. Ignace Michigan State Police post are (from left) Anthony Wolfe of Fort Gratiot, Samuel Eckola of Rudyard, and Tyler Anderson of Perry. Assigned to this area after graduating from the 133rd Trooper Recruit School last week, they began on-the-job training Monday, December 4. (Photograph Courtesy of the Michigan State Police) Three new probationary troopers who graduated November 30 from Michigan’s 133rd Trooper Recruit School started work this week at the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post, replacing officers who have transferred to other assignments.

They are Tyler Anderson of Perry, Samuel Eckola of Rudyard, and Anthony Wolfe of Fort Gratiot.

“We’re always excited to get new personnel,” said First Lieutenant Natalie King, the post commander. “It brings a new energy to the post when we get new recruits fresh out of the training school.”

In the next 18 weeks, the three new troopers will be assigned to work throughout area covered by the post — parts of Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties — with one of five field-training officers. That will include all trooper duties, as well as learning about local courts, area law enforcement agencies, and geography. Senior officers will help them hone their investigative skills.

Lt. King, who will determine each new trooper’s final posting at the end of the training period, said the recruits started work Monday, December 4, with administrative duties. Each spoke with Lt. King before they were assigned to their training officers.

Of 127 new trooper school graduates, 13 were posted in the Michigan State Police’s Eighth District, covering all of the Upper Peninsula. Besides the three assigned to St. Ignace, three went to the Negaunee post, two each to the Sault Ste. Marie and Calumet posts, and one each to the Gladstone, Iron Mountain, and Wakefield posts.

The 133rd Trooper Recruit School began in June at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing with 160 candidates. The recruits underwent 26 weeks of intensive training in criminal law, first aid, ethics, patrol techniques, defensive tactics, firearms, precision driving, water safety, report writing, and crime scene processing.

The State Police are recruiting for the next trooper recruit school, to begin in January. Information is available about at michigan.gov/mspjobs.

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