MSP to hold recruiting seminar for women

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

In an effort to increase the number of female recruits, Michigan State Police will host a seminar for women April 25.

The event will be at 10 a.m. at the Troy Community Center.

Candidates are being sought for the 129th Trooper Recruit School that will begin between fall 2015 and spring 2016. Just more than 10 percent of MSP’s force is female — 188 out of 1,854 members.

“We want the Michigan State Police to reflect the state we serve,” said Lt. Mike Shaw, MSP spokesman. “One of the ways we do this is to have hiring seminars to attract an array of candidates. This seminar focuses on the unique questions women may have about law enforcement in general or serving in the State Police.”

MSP will have women at all rank levels and job titles at the seminar to answer questions, Shaw said.

The seminar will feature information on the agency’s specialty units including the Forensic Science Division, Special Investigations, Canine Unit and Biometrics.

The minimum requirements for recruitment include: an applicant of good moral character, a U.S. citizen, a Michigan resident at the time of appointment to the academy and at least 21 years of age. Candidates must also have a high school or GED diploma, stable credit history, good driving record and no felony convictions.

Starting salary is $44,000 annually at the beginning of the 22-week recruit school. Hires that complete one year will receive a $7,800 raise.

Interested seminar participants should email Trooper Marjorie Richardson at

For information on Michigan State Police careers, go to

(313) 222-2311