News

2016

Florida Highway Patrol Graduates 36 New Troopers

~Members of the 133rd Recruit Class set to patrol Florida roads~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will welcome 36 new troopers to the division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) on June 15, 2016. The graduates of the 133rd Recruit Class join the more than 1,800 troopers statewide who patrol each day to provide safety and security on Florida’s roadways.

On December 7, 2015, 34 recruits arrived at the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy in Havana, Florida ready to embark on a 28 week journey to transition themselves from civilians to Florida State Troopers. Of the original 34, only 26 would endure the demanding training necessary to become a trooper. On April 4, 2016, 10 certified recruits also joined the 133rd Recruit Class. These recruits either had prior law enforcement experience or completed their basic recruit certification at another law enforcement academy.

“I want to congratulate the Florida Highway Patrol graduates and their families and thank them for their dedication to serving and protecting the great citizens of our state,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “FHP sets high expectations for quality, ethical and professional law enforcement that requires our troopers to be the best of the best. Congratulations to all members of the 133rd on a job well done!”

Throughout their time at the academy, recruits learned life lessons of integrity, ethics, honor, commitment and sacrifice. The members of the 133rd participated in several events including the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Law Enforcement Memorial. The recruits also participated in multiple blood drives and volunteered time at Pyramid, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with developmental disabilities.

Upon reporting to their duty stations, the new troopers will be placed with a certified Field Training Officer (FTO). Troopers will work in tandem with their FTOs for up to 12 weeks prior to being released to solo duty.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook.