South Carolina Highway Patrol welcomed 38 New Troopers in Graduation Ceremony for Classes 124 and 125

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February 23, 2024

The South Carolina Highway Patrol held a graduation ceremony today for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Classes 124 and 125. Senator Thomas Alexander, President of the South Carolina Senate, addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker.

These graduating classes include 12 pre-certified officers and 26 who are new to the law enforcement profession. The addition of this graduating class brings the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 774.*

Troopers are assigned to areas based on a number of considerations, which include population density, the number of calls for service, and the number of licensed drivers/registered vehicles in an area. 

Special awards from Class 124 and Class 125 include:

Major Israel Brooks, Jr. Physical Fitness Award:  Presented to the trooper who excelled on the physical training test and each day during the early morning exercises. 

Class 124 Recipient: Derrick Fountain
Class 125 Recipient: Darren Botticelli

Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award: Presented to the trooper who demonstrated the best marksmanship during firearms training.

Class 124 Recipient: Matthew Derrick
Class 125 Recipient: Kevin Ackim, Jr.

Colonel P.F. Thompson Outstanding Achievement Award: For the trooper who displays the character and dedication symbolic of former Highway Patrol Colonel P.F. Thompson, the longest-serving SC Highway Patrol commander.

Class 124 Recipient: Derrick Fountain
Class 125 Recipient: Kevin Ackim, Jr.Line