(FORSYTH) – The Georgia State Patrol graduated its 106th Trooper School on Friday, August 16, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth.  After 32 weeks of intense training, 33 new troopers will report to one of the 52 patrol posts throughout the state. Governor Brian P. Kemp was the keynote speaker and he also 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.
As Trooper Cadets, they spend 20 weeks at the academy and 12 weeks in field training.  The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requires all peace officers receive a minimum of 400 hours of Basic Mandate Training.  At the completion of Trooper School, these newly graduated troopers 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.
"It  was an honor to go through this tough challenge of life together and I wish you all the best in your careers wherever it may lead you," stated class president, Trooper Jerry Slade, during remarks to his fellow class members. "We're right where we need to be," he added.
Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study. The honorees were:

Driving Proficiency – Trooper Kyle Thompson
Firearms Proficiency – Trooper Clarence Johnson
Highest Academic Average – Trooper Nicholas Hawkins
Top Gun – Trooper Nicholas Hawkins

Trooper Hawkins 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: Trooper Erik Austell, Vice President; Trooper David Allan, Secretary/Treasurer; Trooper Patrick Pollett, Chaplain; Trooper Rebecca Moran, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Trooper Evan Joyner, Pennant Bearer.
Each commissioned trooper will report to the following assigned post:

Erguens AccilienColumbiaPost 21 - Sylvania
David Allan HallPost 6 - Gainesville
Jalin AndersonRichmondPost 33 - Milledgeville
Erik AustellBibbPost 15 - Perry
Evan BauzaChathamPost 11 - Hinesville
Logan BeckCamdenPost 23 - Brunswick
Christopher CatesRabunPost 27 – Blue Ridge
Seferino ChavezClaytonPost 47 – Forest Park
Demon ClarkGreenePost 17 - Washington
Christopher CordellCatoosaPost 5 - Dalton
Clint DonaldsonCowetaPost 49 – Motor Unit
Eric Guerrero CoffeePost 36 - Douglas
Jonathan HayesPauldingPost 29 - Paulding
Nicholas HawkinsWaltonPost 46 - Monroe
Bradley HuntMuscogeePost 2 - LaGrange
Clarence JohnsonRichmondPost 25 - Grovetown
Evan JoynerMuscogeePost 2 - LaGrange
Richard JusticeColumbiaPost 25 - Grovetown
Malcolm MartinezCobbPost 47 – Forest Park
Rebecca MoranGwinnettPost 51 - Gwinnett
Paul OsuegbuBarrowPost 6 - Gainesville
Jose PerezColquittPost 13 - Tifton
Patrick PollettColumbiaPost 25 - Grovetown
Troy PudderHoustonPost 30 - Cordele
Caleb PyleCowetaPost 24 – Newnan
Daysi RamirezHoustonPost 15 - Perry
Gabriel RampyCarrollPost 4 – Villa Rica
Adam SalterPikePost 26 - Thomaston
Jerry SladeCrispPost 30 - Cordele
Kyle ThompsonBerrienPost 36 - Douglas
James VaughanSumterPost 10 - Americus
Brian WhelehanBryanPost 23 - Brunswick
Kelley WhitakerMillerPost 14 - Colquitt

A group photo of the 106th Trooper School graduates is attached. Individual trooper photos are available to the media upon request. Please call (404) 624-7597, if you would like an individual photo.


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