Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Highway Patrol now has 42 new state troopers to join its ranks as the 119th Basic Recruit Class graduated from the FHP’s Law Enforcement Training Academy today, October 21. The graduation ceremony marks the conclusion of an intensive 27-week training period that prepares them for a career as a Florida State Trooper and instills the FHP’s core values of courtesy, service and protection.
“It is an honor to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks,” said Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, Colonel John Czernis. “Choosing to become a state trooper is a noble decision, one that requires personal sacrifice and the willingness to accept a tremendous amount of responsibility. We are proud of our history, and we are pleased to have new troopers to carry on FHP’s commitment toward a safer Florida. They will be a valuable addition to our future efforts to save lives.”
Julie Jones, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles stated, "I am extremely proud of our newest state troopers. They have prepared themselves for a career in law enforcement that will help ensure the safety of millions of Floridians and visitors to our state each year. They will be an integral part of our public safety efforts, and we all will benefit from the tremendous commitment they have made to public service.
The graduates and guests welcomed long-time supporter of the FHP, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp. Former Tallahassee Police Chief and current Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Walt McNeil delivered the keynote address for the graduation ceremony.
During the commencement ceremony, the FHP honored Recruit Earl Scott 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 and dedication during the training, to Recruit Steven Montiero.