Missouri State Highway Patrol commissions 39 troopers

Missouri graduates

Col. J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced 39 troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 in the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy gymnasium.  The 103rd Recruit Class reported to the Academy on July 5.  The new troopers report for duty in their assigned troops Jan. 17.  One of the new troopers is Corey D. Parrott, of Lincoln, who has been assigned to Troop A, Johnson County.  Gov. Jay Nixon provided the keynote address during the graduation ceremony.  Department of Public Safety Director Lane Roberts and Johnson also addressed the class.  The Honorable Edward R. Ardini Jr., Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District, administered the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Dean Gil Kennon, vice president of College Affairs for Mineral Area College, conferred an associate of applied science degree to 12 of the new troopers.  Troop F Color Guard presented and retired the colors.  Trooper Andrew A. Armstrong, Troop F, sang the national anthem.  The Rev. Jimmy C. McMasters, of Corning, Arkansas, provided the invocation and benediction.

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