Georgia State Patrol Graduates its 105th Trooper School

March 20, 2019

(FORSYTH) – The Georgia State Patrol graduated its 105th Trooper School on Friday, March 15, at Post 50 – Capitol Hill in Atlanta. After 32 weeks of intense training, 18 new troopers will report to patrol posts throughout the state on Monday, April 15. Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan was the keynote speaker. Lt. Colonel Russell Powell issued the Oath of Office. Additionally, remarks were given by Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Capt. Joshua Lamb, Director of Training.
Trooper Cadets spend 20 weeks at the academy and 12 weeks in field training. 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, Tpr. Garrett C. T. King, emphasized what it meant to be a trooper, who they were as individuals, and why they wanted to become troopers.
Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study. The honorees were:

  • Firearms Proficiency – Tpr. Stanley L. McCoy, Jr.
  • Driving Proficiency – Tpr. Ronaldo Kegel
  • Highest Academic Average – Tpr. Samuel J. Shell
  • Top Gun – Tpr. Garrett C. T. King

Tpr. Shell also received a $1,000 scholarship towards a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University for having the highest academic average in his class.
Additionally, the following graduates were recognized for their leadership: Tpr. Taylor Cooper, Vice President; Tpr. Alejandro Aponte-Gotay, Secretary/Treasurer; Tpr. William Sexton, IV, Chaplain; Tpr. Julian Mapes, Sergeant-At-Arms; Tpr. Kemonte Figures, Pennant Bearer; and Tpr. Christopher Rigby, Base Bearer.
Each commissioned trooper will report to his post on April 15, 2019. The new graduates are assigned to one of the 52 posts throughout the state.




Alejandro Aponte-Gotay


Post 49 – Motor Unit

Melton Black


Post 9 - Marietta

Jason Brown


Post 18 - Reidsville

Damascus Chambers


Post 23 - Brunswick

Taylor Cooper


Post 12 - Thomasville

Michael Craddock


Post 51 - Gwinnett

Brad Cuevas


Post 32 - Athens

Kemonte Figures


Post 29 - Paulding

Alberto Jensen


Post 24 - Newnan

Ronaldo Kegel


Post 29 - Paulding

Garrett King


Post 41 - LaFayette

Richard Lawrence


Post 35 – Jekyll Island

Julian Mapes


Post 46 - Monroe

Stanley McCoy, Jr.


Post 19 - Swainsboro

Christopher Rigby


Post 23 - Brunswick

William Sexton, IV


Post 4 – Villa Rica

Samuel Shell


Post 51 - Gwinnett

Joshua Staff


Post 44 - Forsyth


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