Georgia State Patrol Graduates the 106th Trooper School

August 16, 2019

(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:
 

TROOPER HOME COUNTY POST ASSIGNMENT
Erguens Accilien Columbia Post 21 - Sylvania
David Allan  Hall Post 6 - Gainesville
Jalin Anderson Richmond Post 33 - Milledgeville
Erik Austell Bibb Post 15 - Perry
Evan Bauza Chatham Post 11 - Hinesville
Logan Beck Camden Post 23 - Brunswick
Christopher Cates Rabun Post 27 – Blue Ridge
Seferino Chavez Clayton Post 47 – Forest Park
Demon Clark Greene Post 17 - Washington
Christopher Cordell Catoosa Post 5 - Dalton
Clint Donaldson Coweta Post 49 – Motor Unit
Eric Guerrero  Coffee Post 36 - Douglas
Jonathan Hayes Paulding Post 29 - Paulding
Nicholas Hawkins Walton Post 46 - Monroe
Bradley Hunt Muscogee Post 2 - LaGrange
Clarence Johnson Richmond Post 25 - Grovetown
Evan Joyner Muscogee Post 2 - LaGrange
Richard Justice Columbia Post 25 - Grovetown
Malcolm Martinez Cobb Post 47 – Forest Park
Rebecca Moran Gwinnett Post 51 - Gwinnett
Paul Osuegbu Barrow Post 6 - Gainesville
Jose Perez Colquitt Post 13 - Tifton
Patrick Pollett Columbia Post 25 - Grovetown
Troy Pudder Houston Post 30 - Cordele
Caleb Pyle Coweta Post 24 – Newnan
Daysi Ramirez Houston Post 15 - Perry
Gabriel Rampy Carroll Post 4 – Villa Rica
Adam Salter Pike Post 26 - Thomaston
Jerry Slade Crisp Post 30 - Cordele
Kyle Thompson Berrien Post 36 - Douglas
James Vaughan Sumter Post 10 - Americus
Brian Whelehan Bryan Post 23 - Brunswick
Kelley Whitaker Miller Post 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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