Recruits Work Hard To Earn Their Blue Uniforms

3 years 2 months 1 week ago October 02, 2013 Oct 2, 2013 Wednesday, October 02 2013 Wednesday, October 02, 2013 8:09:00 PM CDT in News
By: Connor Wist, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

JEFFERSON CITY - Highway accidents happen all the time, but the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is improving their training program to better handle situations on the road.

30 members of the 97th recruit class started training in July and are working hard to push through a rigorous training schedule until they graduate from the program in December.

Recruits receive approximately six months (1,200 hours) of intensive academic and physical training at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City.

Corporal Jeff White has been working with the recruits on firearms training since week three. The recruits will complete 40 hours of firearms training during their time at the academy. They are not quite halfway through their training at this point, so they are still working on the fundamentals and basics of target range shooting.

"Working on things like a proper draw and getting shot placement on the target where they intend for it to go," White said.

After completing the classroom section of dry fire practice, the recruits work on static shooting so that they are able to control their shot groups and be the most effective in any situation.

"The recruits are stationary and the targets are stationary and the targets will just turn and face them and they have a set amount of time to shoot," White said.

Other areas of training include pursuit driving, self-defense, arrest procedures, and accident investigation. Traffic law, civil law, and criminal law are also some of the subjects covered during the training period.

With this extensive training also comes a required commitment and proper mindset to be able to make it through the program.

22-year-old recruit Tyler Johnson knew he wanted to become a police officer ever since sixth grade. He hopes to show the community that police officers are people who are approachable and trustworthy.

"We want the community to know that we're here to serve and protect them and will do anything we can to help them out," Johnson said.

Recruit Jerry Hunter was a Pettis County Sheriff's Deputy for eight years before starting training to become a trooper.

"The goal is to save at least one life," Hunter said. "I think if we save one, we've made an impact."

The hours are long and the work is frequently difficult, but the recruits see that this is a call that serves to transcend that. Corporal White said recruits have to want to be at the training academy for themselves in order to be successful.

"You can't put up with what we offer in the training environment unless you're motivated. If you're here for someone else, if you're here because you think it might be something good to do, you're not going to make it. You have to be here and you have to be willing to put in the effort it's going to take," White said.

White also made the point that one of the biggest lessons the recruits take away from training is learning to take on responsibility.

"For some of them, it's the first time they've had these kind of challenges and it's really an interesting process to watch them move from the first day of recruit school until graduation when they'll be walking across the stage and receiving their diplomas," White said."

The next phase of training for the recruits will involve going to the outdoor range where recruits will be moving around cars and shooting at targets. They will learn how to use cars as cover and concealment when dealing with situations out on the road.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Overuse injuries appear to be growing increasing common in youth sports. According to a 2015 study by the... More >>
16 minutes ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:25:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is giving clemency to 15 people convicted of drug-related crimes... More >>
7 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:50:05 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency has agreed to a $2 million settlement to... More >>
8 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:36:46 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants... More >>
8 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:27:25 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said she's reviewing state legal payments following reports of harassment and employee... More >>
8 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:16:29 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will work as a private attorney at a suburban St. Louis law... More >>
8 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 7:58:34 PM CST in News
SIKESTON (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a high school student in southeast Missouri. KFVS-TV reports... More >>
8 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 7:52:30 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - In an effort to increase access to healthy food choices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new standards... More >>
9 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 7:01:00 PM CST in News
BOONE COUNTY - A fire forced a family to evacuate its Boone County home Friday afternoon. Firefighters responded to... More >>
11 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 5:17:00 PM CST in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Prosecutors charged a Holts Summit man with multiple felonies Friday in connection to a domestic dispute. ... More >>
11 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 4:52:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Many students worry their peers won't pay appropriately for a sexual misconduct offense. A bill being introduced to... More >>
13 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 3:25:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jay Nixon announced recently visitors to the state and tourism spending are at an all-time high for... More >>
14 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 2:35:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two men suffered serious injuries in a head-on crash on Highway 50 Friday morning, the Jefferson City... More >>
14 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 2:26:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri System came out with a report Thursday that shows how much the system saves... More >>
14 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 1:56:00 PM CST in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with a threat to a southeast Missouri high school.... More >>
15 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 1:32:20 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants... More >>
16 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 12:28:38 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in... More >>
16 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 12:22:20 PM CST in News
SEDALIA - The Sedalia Police Department said Friday it is looking for two suspects following a shooting and armed robbery.... More >>
17 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 11:31:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 25°
5am 19°
6am 18°
7am 18°
8am 25°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:30a
This Week in Mizzou Football
5:00a
Huntline TV
5:30a
On the Money
4:30a
Paid Program
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld