GSP Graduates 46 Cadets in 95th Trooper School Ceremony

August 21, 2014

(FORSYTH) – The Georgia State Patrol’s 95th Trooper School graduated on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth after 31 weeks of intense training. The keynote address was given by Governor Nathan Deal. Governor Deal acknowledged troopers for their tenacity, meticulousness, and heart. Additional remarks were given by Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety; Lieutenant Mark Holloway, Deputy Director of Training; and Corporal Mark Hodges, Assistant Trooper School Coordinator. The Oath of Office was administered by Justice Harold Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Trooper Cadets spend 18 weeks at the academy, 12 weeks in field training, and return to the academy for one week of preparation for graduation. The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requires that all peace officers receive a minimum of 400 hours of Basic Mandate Training. At the completion of Trooper School, these newly graduated trooper cadets received over 1,500 hours of training, including driving, defensive tactics, vehicle stops, Spanish, criminal law and criminal procedure, firearms, accident investigation, and various other training.

During remarks to his fellow class members, Class President, Trooper Nicholas B. Johnson emphasized  that to be a Georgia State Trooper you must have discipline, hard work, and perseverance.

Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study. The honorees were:

  • Highest Firearms Proficiency – Tpr. Stephen Smith
  • Highest Driving Proficiency – Tpr. Scott Parker
  • Highest Academic Average – Tpr. Jonathan Driskell
  • Top Gun – Tpr. Brian Reagin

Additionally, the following graduates were recognized for their leadership:  Tpr. Steven D. Crager, Vice President; Tpr. Jonathan R. Driskell, Secretary/Treasurer; Tpr. Stephen M. Smith, Sergeant-At-Arms; Tpr. Israel B. Borup, Pennant Bearer; and Tpr. Jonathan M. Edwards, Chaplain.

Each trooper will report to his post on September 1, 2014. The new graduates are assigned to one of the 52 posts throughout the state.

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