South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Cody Jansen has been named as the 2017 South Dakota State Trooper of the Year. The Department of Public Safety said trooper Jansen, who is with the Vermillion squad, was recognized during an awards luncheon Tuesday in Sioux Falls. Sponsored by AAA South Dakota, the award is presented to a trooper for continued demonstration of exceptional service to the agency, citizens and communities. “The Highway Patrol is proud of Trooper Jansen, not only for his commitment to the Highway Patrol, but also to his family and community,” Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol, said. “Trooper Jansen reflects the high standards of the Highway Patrol in his daily life and for that, is well deserving of this award.” The DPS said that in the nomination received for Trooper Jansen, he was honored for his professionalism and ability to work with others. Among his many duties as a state trooper, Trooper Jansen serves as a field training officer for new recruits. In his private life, Trooper Jansen serves on the Vermillion/Clay County Ambulance and Vermillion Fire Department. This is the fifth year for the Trooper of the Year awards ceremony. Trooper Jansen is a seven-year member of the Highway Patrol.