Contact: Capt. Nancy Rasmussen, Florida Highway Patrol, (850) 617-2301
FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL GRADUATES 56 TROOPERS TODAY
~ New troopers join patrol operations ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Get ready to see more troopers on the highways. Fifty-six recruits from the 122nd Basic Recruit Class graduated from the Florida Highway Patrol Academy this morning at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the momentous accomplishment that marks the conclusion of a rigorous 28-week training program that prepares recruits for a career as a Florida State Trooper and instills the Patrol’s core values of courtesy, service and protection.
During their time at the academy, recruits volunteered in the evenings and weekends at events to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. They assisted with a fundraiser for Pyramid, Inc., an organization that provides workforce, lifestyle programs for developmentally disabled adults, and with whom the academy has developed a special relationship. The recruits also participated in three blood drives for the Southeastern Community Blood Center, all while learning how to be the kind of public servant Florida needs and deserves.
“We are proud that these men and women have selected law enforcement as their career, and especially since they have chosen the Florida Highway Patrol,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The expectations for quality and professional law enforcement services by both the residents and visitors of Florida require our troopers to be the best.”
During the commencement ceremony, FHP honored Recruit Robert Roxbury with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the academy. The Patrol presented the Director’s award to Recruit James White for demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the training.
For more information about the 122nd Basic Recruit Class or FHP’s continuing efforts to recruit troopers, visit www.BeATrooper.com.
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