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:

Name

 

Hometown

 

Badge

 

Duty Station

 

Gavin Boutin

 

Ogallala, NE

 

41

 

Ogallala

 

Ryan Clark

 

Kearney, NE

 

47

 

Kearney

 

Samuel Gustafson

 

Kearney, NE

 

206

 

Omaha

 

Ashley Jackson

 

Gering, NE

 

239

 

Scottsbluff

 

Jordan Jones

 

Marienville, PA

 

253

 

Scottsbluff

 

Samantha Ligenza

 

Lincoln, NE

 

297

 

Wahoo

 

Sinai Mandungu

 

Lincoln, NE

 

341

 

Lincoln

 

Tomas Margritz

 

Lexington, NE

 

351

 

Kearney

 

Carissa Moore

 

Crete, NE

 

352

 

West Point

 

Bryce Smidt

 

Rockwell City, IA

 

387

 

South Sioux City

 

Brian Smith

 

North Platte, NE

 

402

 

North Platte

 

Garrett Swantek

 

Genoa, NE

 

488

 

Scottsbluff

 

Seth Valverde

 

Pierce, NE

 

484

 

Norfolk

 

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