Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol now has 39 new state troopers to join its ranks as the 120th Basic Recruit Class graduated from the FHP’s Law Enforcement Training Academy today. 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.
During her remarks, Julie Jones, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, congratulated the graduates for their incredible accomplishment. "The presence of 39 additional troopers will benefit millions of motorists," she added. “You have shown great dedication and commitment by choosing a profession in public safety, and we are proud that you chose to become a Florida State Trooper.”
“It is an honor to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks,” said Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, Colonel David Brierton. “Becoming a state trooper means taking on a great amount of responsibility and carrying on our tradition of safeguarding motorists on Florida highways. 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 efforts to save lives.”
During the commencement ceremony, the FHP honored Recruit James Mulhern 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 Javiel Gonzalez.
Florida’s newest state troopers from the 120th class will report for duty by June 3, 2011. To find out how many new troopers you can expect to see on the roadways you travel, see the table below.
The Florida Highway Patrol continues its recruitment efforts for the 121st Recruit Class scheduled to begin July 31, 2011. For additional information, please visit our website at www.BeATrooper.com or contact our Recruitment Office at (850) 617-2307.