(FORSYTH) – The Georgia State Patrol graduated its 112th Trooper School on Friday, April 8, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth.  After 13 weeks of intense training, 27 new troopers will report to one of the 52 patrol posts throughout the state to complete the field training phase.

Governor Brian P. Kemp was the keynote speaker and issued the Oath of Office.  Colonel Chris C. Wright, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), acknowledged the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) 85th Anniversary and recognized the men and women, both sworn and civilian who have worked for the department. Additionally, remarks were given by Capt. Clayton Kicklighter, Director of Training

This Trooper School is the first accelerated school of the Georgia State Patrol consisting of all former law enforcement. Instead of the traditional 20 weeks at the academy, these Trooper Cadets spent 13 weeks and will report to their assigned post to complete 12 weeks of field training.  The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requires that all peace officers receive a minimum of 408 hours of Basic Mandate TrainingAt the completion of Trooper School, these newly graduated troopers received over 1,400 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, Trooper Ethan Sarrell, class president, highlighted the prior law enforcement experience, ranging from two years to 28 years, each of them had before becoming State Troopers. Some were former supervisors, and one was the Chief of Police. “As former deputies, police officers, and game wardens, the members of the 112th are unique and each of us knows what is ahead of us. Although each of us arrived here from different backgrounds, each of us has the same goal…to continue serving and protecting our communities by maintaining law and order as members of the premier agency in the state of Georgia,” emphasized Trooper Sarrell.

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

Firearms Proficiency – Trooper Matthew Cleveland

Top Gun – Trooper Matthew Cleveland

Driving Proficiency – Trooper Justin Lee

Highest Academic Average – Trooper Matthew Davis

Trooper Davis also received a $5,000 scholarship towards a bachelor’s degree from Reinhardt University for having the highest academic average in his class. This scholarship is named after CPL Chadwick LeCroy who was killed in the line of duty on December 27, 2010. 

Additionally, the following graduates were recognized for their leadership: Trooper Zachary Pratz, Vice President; Trooper Larry Mitchell, Secretary; Trooper Larry Mitchell, Treasurer; Trooper Jacob Anderson, Chaplain; Trooper Erik Kolwicz, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Trooper Matthew Cleveland, Pennant Bearer.

Each commissioned trooper will report to the following assigned post:




Jacob Anderson

Post 46 - Monroe


Adam Byrd

Post 17 – Washington


Tyler Byrd

Post 42 – Rincon


Dustin Clark

Post 41 - LaFayette


Ryan Cleveland

Post 32 – Athens


John Cominski

Post 46 – Monroe


Matthew Davis

Post 45 – Statesboro


David Ford

Post 14 – Colquitt


Robert Grant

Post 2 – LaGrange


Brent Helton

Post 29 – Paulding


Jabri Horne

Post 48 – Atlanta


Walton Ingram

Post 10 – Americus


Erik Kolwicz

Post 45 – Statesboro


Justin Lee

Post 42 – Rincon


Austin Matthews

Post 37 – Cumming


Larry Mitchell

Post 24 – Newnan


Chase Parker

Post 29 – Paulding


Kyle Pescetto

Post 24 – Newnan


Zachary Pratz

Post 52 – Hartwell


John Rhodes

Post 17 – Washington


Maya Robertson

Post 47 – Forest Park


Ethan Sarrell

Post 41 – LaFayette


Veston Screws

Post 16 – Helena

Jeff Davis

Brandon Sibert

Post 33 – Milledgeville


James Spisak

Post 33 – Milledgeville


Charles Tierney

Post 47 – Forest Park


John Zebro

Post 25 - Grovetown



Group photo attached.

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