Thursday, December 13, at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy in Salina, the 24 newest Kansas state troopers graduated from their 23 weeks of classroom training. They will now move on to their counties of residence and begin training with their field training officers. Class #58 and their family members spent much of the morning together at the training academy, going through family programs and a program for the spouses. At 1:00 graduation began as the class entered the auditorium with a cadence. “We are proud of the accomplishments of our new troopers so far,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Patrol. “They still have much to learn as they apply their academy knowledge to working the road with a field training officer. Today we gladly welcome them and their families into the Kansas Highway Patrol.” Throughout their time at the training academy, recruits have gone through classroom and practical training. They have learned accident investigation techniques; testing of impaired drivers; Kansas laws and statutes; among many other things. They have practiced car stops; at the firing range; defensive tactics; testing for DUI; and other critical training components that they will need to incorporate as they are on their own out on the road. One milestone for KHP Class #58 is that this class has the largest number of female graduates (4) of any of the KHP’s recruit classes.