(AREA) -- A number of hometown heroes from around the state are preparing for State Police careers. The 124th Trooper Recruit School and 18th Motor Carrier Recruit School started Sunday, October 28. A total of 114 potential troopers reported to the Training Academy for the next 22-weeks with graduation set for March 29, 2013. This is the second trooper recruit school made possible with funding from Governor Rick Snyder's public safety plan, allowing the department to hire 180 new troopers this year. 78 troopers graduated from the 123rd Trooper Recruit School on October 19, bringing the number of at-post troopers to 965 stationed at 29 posts across the state. The Caro Post has welcomed four new troopers including Daniel Robertson, Robert Tournaud Jr., Jordan Tromp, and Andrew Warner. Troopers Bryan Cairnduff and Brandon Rutt were assigned to the Lapeer Post.
Meanwhile, 17 potential motor carrier officers reported to the MSP Training Academy, where they will train for 20 weeks. Motor carrier officers are armed uniformed members of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, specializing in commercial vehicle enforcement. Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate on March 14, 2013. This is the first motor carrier recruit school held since the 17th Motor Carrier Recruit School graduated 20 members on Nov. 23, 2011. There are currently 104 at-post motor carrier officers statewide.