Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 83 State Troopers

Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 83 State Troopers pic

June 18, 2024 

On June 18, Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating classes of Tennessee State Troopers. The department simultaneously instructed a regular 17-week trooper cadet class and an 11-week lateral trooper cadet class. The lateral class returned from their district assignments for the graduation ceremony that took place at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 3475 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, Tennessee. Governor Bill Lee served as the keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony and Commissioner Jeff Long delivered the oath of office as the graduating class was sworn in.

Trooper Cadet Class 624 graduated 67 troopers. The Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 524 graduated 16 troopers composed of all prior Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement officers from across Tennessee. The lateral class brings a combined 107 years of prior law enforcement experience to the THP.     

“Your goal of one day joining the ranks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has turned into a reality,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long. “Your hard work, persistence, and desire to serve your fellow man have paid off.  I am proud to welcome and congratulate you for earning your right to be called a Tennessee State Trooper.”

“Joining any law enforcement agency makes you a part of something far bigger than yourself,” said Colonel Perry. “Today, you represent the Tennessee Highway Patrol while in uniform and out. You will be held to a higher standard – not only by the public but also by your peers and your leaders.” He spoke to the importance of their positions, stating, “You have embarked on a career of service in the Volunteer State. When you leave here today, and every day as you don your uniform, remember that service is at the heart of being a Tennessee State Trooper.”

Trooper Kirby W. Smith of class 624 was named the top cadet for his class and was presented with the Trooper Calvin Jenks Memorial Award for Excellence for his leadership, work ethic, and academics. The award was named in honor of the late Trooper Calvin Jenks, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2007.                                           Line

Injured Hiker in Garrett County Rescued by Maryland State Police Aviation Command

Maryland State Police Helicopter Makes Aerial Rescue of Injured Hiker pic

June 9, 2024

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command rescued an injured hiker who fell Saturday afternoon at Swallow Falls State Park in western Maryland.

The incident occurred when the hiker fell, sustaining injuries that necessitated immediate medical attention. Maryland State Police Aviation was called to assist by first responders due to the severity of injuries, the challenging terrain and lengthy anticipated ground extraction.

Trooper 5, a crew based in Cumberland, conducted the hoist mission with assistance on the ground from Garrett County rescue personnel.

Pilots skillfully maneuvered the AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter to hover above a riverbank, allowing a Trooper/Paramedic to be lowered to the hiker’s location. Once the hiker was secured and prepared for aerial rescue, they were airlifted to UPMC Western Maryland in Cumberland for medical treatment.

The MSPAC has served since 1970 and operates a fleet of 10 AW139 helicopters from seven bases in Maryland. Each aircraft provides round-the-clock coverage to Maryland residents and visitors. The agency’s missions include medevac, law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and disaster assessment. The success of the missions relies heavily on the cooperative efforts of local fire, rescue, EMS, law enforcement agencies and partners at the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Park Police.

Nebraska State Patrol Graduates 69th Recruit Class

Nebraska State Patrol Graduates 69th Recruit Class PIC

June 14, 2024

Thirteen new Nebraska State Troopers are ready to hit the road in service to the people of Nebraska. Members of the Nebraska State Patrol’s 69th Basic Recruit Class received their badges and were sworn-in today during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Lincoln.

“Your public service starts today,” Colonel John Bolduc told the new troopers during today’s ceremony. “You are dedicated to serving others. That means putting others ahead of yourselves. It may even mean putting yourself in harm’s way in service to others. Thank you for being willing to do just that.”

The 13 members of Camp 69 come to NSP from communities across Nebraska, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. The newly sworn-in troopers have completed 22 weeks of intense training, including extensive live-action training scenarios and rigorous academic instruction. Their training now continues in the field, pairing with veteran troopers in the field training process.

Outstanding performance in several areas of training was recognized with awards during the graduation ceremony. Recruit Garrett Swantek, of Genoa, received the Superintendent’s Leadership Award. Recruit Tomas Margritz, of Lexington, was honored with the D.R. Shearer Marksmanship Award. The O.H. Witt Academic Achievement Award was presented to Recruit Ryan Clark, of Kearney. Recruit Carissa Moore, of Crete, was awarded the Captain Mark Williams Core Values Award. Recruit Bryce Smidt, of Rockwell City, Iowa, was honored with the R. J. Buchholz Physical Fitness Award.

Secretary of State Bob Evnen administered the oath of office.

“You’ve been through extraordinary challenges. You’ve overcome more than you probably thought you could 24 weeks ago,” said Governor Pillen. “I simply can’t say thank you enough. We are incredibly proud of you. You are answering the most noble calling of public service, taking care of the brothers and sisters of this great state.”

The graduates of Camp 69 are:







Duty Station


Gavin Boutin


Ogallala, NE






Ryan Clark


Kearney, NE






Samuel Gustafson


Kearney, NE






Ashley Jackson


Gering, NE






Jordan Jones


Marienville, PA






Samantha Ligenza


Lincoln, NE






Sinai Mandungu


Lincoln, NE






Tomas Margritz


Lexington, NE






Carissa Moore


Crete, NE




West Point


Bryce Smidt


Rockwell City, IA




South Sioux City


Brian Smith


North Platte, NE




North Platte


Garrett Swantek


Genoa, NE






Seth Valverde


Pierce, NE







Ohio State Highway Patrol graduates 52 troopers

Ohio State Highway Patrol graduates 52 troopers in a ceremony pic

Ohio State Highway Patrol graduates 52 troopers in a ceremony

June 14, 2024

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 173rd Academy Class graduated today, Friday June 14, 2024, after 28 weeks of intense training. Director Andy Wilson, Ohio Department of Public Safety, and Colonel Charles A. Jones, Patrol superintendent provided remarks. Chief Gary D. Lewis Jr., Bexley Police Department, delivered the commencement address to the 52 members of the Patrol’s 173rd Academy Class. The Honorable Judge David A. Trimmer, Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas, issued the Oath of Office.

Courses completed by the 173rd class include crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations.

Trooper Allen M. Grace, Lancaster Post, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.

Three graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Training Academy. The honorees were:

Overall performance – Trooper Joshua S. Carr, Sandusky Post

Top performance in academics – Trooper Anthony C. Verardi, Steubenville Post

Top performance in driving – Trooper Nathan C. Sims, Gallipolis Post

Top performance in firearms – Trooper Joshua S. Carr, Sandusky Post

Top performance in physical fitness – Trooper Joshua S. Carr, Sandusky Post

Graduates will begin to report to their posts on Sunday, June 16. The graduates’ first 70 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran trooper. The new graduates are assigned to 37 of the Patrol’s 59 posts.Line

54 Troopers Graduate, Prepare to Serve Michigan Residents

54 Troopers Graduate Prepare to Serve Michigan Residents pic

June 07, 2024

Michigan communities will soon benefit from the addition of 54 state troopers who graduated this afternoon from the 145th Trooper Recruit School.During the ceremony in Lansing, Col. James F. Grady II, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office to the graduates who begin their assignments at MSP posts across the state next week.The 145th Trooper Recruit School began on Sunday, January 21 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. Recruits received training in patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, firearms, water safety, defensive tactics and precision driving. 

Tpr. Phillip Craven was elected class orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at their ceremony. Recognized during the ceremony was Tpr. Peyton Workman who received the Outstanding Performance Award, Tpr. Anastasia Mohler who received the Team Building Award, Tpr. Xzavia Price who received the Physical Fitness Award, Tpr. Kyleigh Huttenga who received the Academic Achievement Award and Tpr. Dakotah Spidle who received the Marksmanship Award.“It is an honor to welcome and congratulate our newest troopers. Earning your badge is a direct result of determination, resilience and hard work,” said Col. James F. Grady II, director of the MSP. “This job will not be easy, but it will be rewarding. I’m confident the work our new troopers will do, will help to raise the standards of policing.”Of the 54 troopers, 10 are former cadets making up the largest group of cadets turned troopers to date. The cadet program was built to serve as a pipeline to recruit school, to get young adults familiar with the MSP and the policing profession and to support them through the process.