By Tiffany Williams –
This past week 271 recruits entered the Massachusetts State Police Academy as the 85th Recruit Training Troop.
Over the next 23 weeks the recruits will receive instruction in police procedures, criminal and motor vehicle laws, defensive tactics, ethics, departmental policies, rules and regulations, firearms and other use of force equipment, emergency first aid, physical training and emergency driving.
Topics of instruction for the recruits will reflect the wide spectrum of current and emerging issues that large modern police agencies are tasked with handling, including the opioid crisis, drugged driving, homeland security, social problems, mental health concerns, domestic violence, and animal cruelty.
Recruits will live at the Academy from Monday through Friday and complete homework assignments on weekends.
Those who graduate will be sworn-in as MSP Troopers and begin their careers in late spring with assignments to road patrols out of the MSP’s five geographic Troops.