Last week, 41 individuals graduated from the 131st Trooper Recruit School to become Michigan State Police Troopers. This week, those troopers begin their new assignments at posts throughout Michigan. 

Governor Rick Snyder spoke at the graduation ceremony, and said that the new troopers can leave for the holidays "proud, knowing they have what it takes to join the ranks of the elite".

In a press release, the MSP says that of the 41 new troopers, six will be stationed in the Fifth District in Southwest Michigan. In Paw Paw, Thomas Gladney III and Stephanie Lay will be stationed. Ryan Fras will be at the Wayland Post, and Thomas Dihle is in Niles.

Here in Calhoun County, Troopers Jordon Flotkoetter and Cody King will be stationed at the Justice Center in Marshall. 

The graduation December 22 also was the debut of the MSP's new Campaign Hats, which are in the style of those worn by troopers in the 1920's.  The hats are a part of the celebration of the MSP's 100th Anniversary in 2017.