Press Release: Florida Highway Patrol
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol’s 77 newest troopers from the 125th Basic Recruit Class graduated from the FHP Academy this morning. This is the largest academy class in 13 years and they have joined more than 1,800 Florida State Troopers to bolster Florida’s commitment to public safety.
“I am pleased to see that so many men and women in our state have answered the call to public service,” said Colonel David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “A career in law enforcement is an honorable one and we look forward to getting our newest troopers out on the roads to further our mission of keeping Florida roads safe.”
The graduates and guests welcomed Chief Inspector General for the State of Florida, Melinda M. Miguel, who delivered the keynote address during the graduation ceremony. “I am honored to be a part of the graduation ceremony of the 125th recruit class,” said Ms. Miguel. “To celebrate graduation with the largest class since 2000 is a great compliment and I am proud to share this moment with the newest men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol.”
During their time at the Academy, the recruits of the 125th participated in several external community events including the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony, donating blood at multiple blood drives and volunteering time at Pyramid, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with developmental disabilities.
FHP honored new Trooper Kyle Viveiros with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the academy. The Patrol presented the Directors award to new Trooper Roberto Lopez for demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the 23 weeks of training.
For additional information about employment with FHP, please visit our website at www.BeATrooper.com or contact FHP’s Recruitment Office at 850-617-2307.
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