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Minimum Requirements

    Driving Record

    In the two years prior to the beginning of the selection process for a recruit school, applicants cannot have:
  • An assessment of eight or more points
  • Three or more moving violations
  • Two or more traffic crashes resulting in moving violations or civil infractions
  • In the four years prior to the beginning of the selection process for a recruit school, applicants cannot have:
  • A conviction of driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • A conviction of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including impaired driving
  • Two or more convictions of reckless driving

Hiring Process

Salary and Benefits

Recruits are employees of the MSP on the first day of recruit school and do not pay for their training. Recruits also receive full insurance and other benefits while attending recruit school.


Recruits receive a monthly salary of approximately $3,800 while in recruit school.


Trooper 10 Position not including overtime and shift premiums


After six years of service, troopers receive an increase in salary to $70,000
  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Life insurance

  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave

  • 13 vacation days the first calendar year

  • 13 paid sick days the first calendar year

  • 12 paid holidays per year

  • Uniforms and equipment are provided

  • Uniform cleaning allowance

Click here for more information on benefits specific to the Michigan State Police Troopers Association bargaining unit

Recruit School

After Graduation

Post Placement:

Applicants are asked to submit three preferred post locations when receiving their conditional offer of employment with their most preferred as number one. Every effort is made to fulfill their request while balancing the personnel needs of the agency. Applicants will receive their post assignment in their Appointment Letter.

Field Training Officer Program:

After graduation, recruits become probationary troopers and are assigned to posts across the state. Each new trooper is assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) at the post and accompanies the FTO on all his/her assignments and shifts. The FTO program has a total of three phases.

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