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Michigan State Police looking for recruits

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Do you think you have what it takes to be a part of the Michigan State Police? Right now, they're looking for recruits.

Whether it's SWAT Team, K-9 unit or traffic enforcement, Michigan State Police are looking for a few good men and women this year.

"We have 200 vacancies we are trying to fill."

Michigan State Police are putting out the call, looking for recruits as part of Gov. Snyder's Secure Cities partnership.

More troopers are needed in regions plagued by crime, like Flint, Detroit, Saginaw and Pontiac. In the past five weeks, MSP says 600 people have already signed up to try out.

"It's an interesting and rewarding career, so that generates interest," First Lt. Tom Draves, the Wayland post commander, says.

Recruits will undergo a physical fitness test and a law enforcement exam, but physical prowess is only part of the prerequisites.

Draves says they're looking for "someone that's service oriented, can function under stress." Stress is what new recruits will go thru at the academy. Fifteen percent will drop out or be asked to leave.

For those who do become state troopers, MSP says they embrace a proud tradition of service through excellence, integrity and courtesy.

There are three testing opportunities for applicants in February: Feb. 8 at the University of Michigan-Flint, Feb. 15 at Mumford High School in Detroit and on Feb. 22 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Texas Township.

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