Nearly 40 high school students from across the state are spending the week at the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing to experience the training and discipline it takes to become a Michigan State Trooper. The American Legion, Department of Michigan, sponsors the week-long event taking place this year from July 15-20.
In addition to daily physical exercise and inspections the students, ages 16-18, are given hands-on introduction and training in the areas of survival techniques, defensive tactics, firearms safety, precision driving, law enforcement technology, accident and criminal investigation and more. Michigan State Police Troopers impart discipline, leadership and teamwork skills throughout the classroom instruction and activities.
The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program was established in 1985 and takes place in more than 20 states. The program provides first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies. The program also affords these highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice. Several current Michigan State Troopers attended Trooper School as high school students.
Scholarships are awarded to four students at graduation which takes place at the academy Friday, July 20, at 11:30 a.m. The Outstanding Trooper of the Year receives $1,000, and $500 each is given to the Student Marksman, Student Class Orator, and the Student Academic award recipient. The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.