ALPENA - Three troopers, Alexander Dzagulones of Wyandotte, Joshua Henderson of Sault Ste. Marie, and Stephen Cavner of Hesperia, recently graduated from the 123rd Trooper Recruit Class in Lansing, and started training at the Michigan State Police Alpena Post on Monday.
"Right now we're at the beginning of orientation week for the 18-week FTO program. We're in limbo now, just getting acclimated to our post area, but it's an accelerating program," Cavner said.
The three were part of a graduating class of 78.
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Left to right, Alexander Dzagulones of Wyandotte, Joshua Henderson of Sault Ste. Marie, and Stephen Cavner of Hesperia, graduated the 123rd Trooper Recruit Class in Lansing, and started training at the Michigan State Police Alpena Post on Monday.
"So far, we love it here," Dzagulones said. "It's something different for me, I'm coming from a busy town to a rural area, a small town with back roads. At first it was a little nerve wracking to move four hours away, but the first day everyone was welcoming at the post and in the community."
Mike Hahn, MSP Alpena Post commander, said the troopers will work closely with field training officers, but will have full "police powers" while they learn from their veterans.
"I keep reminding them to relax, this is their post," Hahn said. "However, they are under a one year probationary period and will be completing field work with training officers, weekly assignments, studying and preparing themselves for the future."
Dzagulones said the training is going well, but the troopers are constantly receiving grades on their attitudes and safety techniques while fulfilling assignments and learning about the area.
"They are here to learn. They're only going to get better from here," Hahn said. "They've come out of basic study and are here to apply what they've learned to real-life situations. They want to succeed, and every member of the post wants them to succeed."
According to Hahn, the new troopers will continue field training with a variety of officers who will enhance different learning styles with diverse strengths and weaknesses. He said the troopers one year probationary period started Monday, but they will be completely off probation and patrolling on their own based on individual workbook completion and training.
"Training is going great, it's excellent here. Everyone wants to help," Henderson said.
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