Recruits Begin Long Training Journey to Becoming State Troopers

Massachusetts State Police Release — 08152017 — Recruits Begin Long Training Journey to Becoming State Troopers

Two-hundred and forty trainees entered the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree on Monday for Day 1 of intensive training to become Massachusetts State Troopers.

Over the next 24 weeks, the 83rd Recruit Training Troop will be immersed in a wide spectrum of training exercises and curriculum under the direction of their drill instructors.

Their regimen will include rigorous classroom instruction on criminal law, ethics, and other topics related to policing; physical cross-training geared specifically to the fitness demands placed on law enforcement officers; defensive tactics training; emergency first aid; patrol procedures; firearms instruction; and emergency vehicle operation.

Trainees will also participate in several dozen different controlled scenarios that simulate a wide range of incidents and calls for service to which they will respond, for real, once they graduate and become state troopers. The scenarios run the gamut from routine calls for service such as motor vehicle stops to tense or volatile incidents such as an active shooter or a highly combative suspect.

Trainees are tested on what they have learned regularly throughout the duration of the academy class. Those who complete the six-month training will be sworn-in as Massachusetts State Troopers. After that, each new trooper will be assigned to a Field Training Officer — an experienced trooper — for a probationary period lasting several more months. Under the guidance of their FTOs during this break-in period, new troopers put into practice what they learned at the Academy, gain valuable experience, and further refine their policing skills.

Photos will be updated periodically on the State Police Facebook page.