Florida Highway Patrol Graduates 59 New Troopers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Feb. 10, 2012 -

The Florida Highway Patrol now has 59 new state troopers to join its ranks as the 121st Recruit Class graduated from the FHP’s Law Enforcement Training Academy today. The graduation ceremony marked the conclusion of an intensive 27-week training period that prepares recruits for a career as a Florida State Trooper and instills the FHP’s core values of courtesy, service and protection.

During his remarks, Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, congratulated the graduates for their incredible accomplishment. “We are proud that these men and women have selected law enforcement as their career, and we are proud that they have chosen the Florida Highway Patrol," he added. “They are ready to go to work, and we are more than ready to receive them into our ranks.”

During the commencement ceremony, the FHP honored Recruit Kevin O’Keefe with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the academy. The Patrol also presented the Director’s award, honoring the recruit demonstrating extraordinary courtesy, dedication and leadership potential during the training, to Recruit Richard Maples.

The 121st recruit class comprises a diverse group. There are members of this class who were born in The Ukraine, Germany, The Philippines, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. All of these men and woman have chosen to make Florida their home and to serve the state’s residents and visitors with distinction.

Florida’s newest state troopers from the 121st class will report for duty by Feb. 24. To find out how many new troopers you can expect to see on the roadways you travel, see page 2.

The Florida Highway Patrol continues its recruitment efforts for the 122nd Basic Recruit Class scheduled to begin March 11, 2012. For additional information, please visit www.BeATrooper.com or contact FHP’s Recruitment Office at (850) 617-2307.

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