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State Police academy – More than 70 graduates

Michigan State Police graduated its 136th class last week.

The group of more than 70 completed a 25-week training at the Lansing-based academy.

The training involved firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity, decision, making, first aid, leadership, criminal law, crime-scene processing and precision driving.

The recruits also participated in two community-outreach projects.

Agency officials said the Marshall Post, whose coverage includes St. Joseph County, will be receiving one probationary trooper from the class. The cadet graduate is Jacob Sherwood from Jackson.

Including the latest group of cadet graduates, there are more than 1,200 troopers assigned across the state.

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