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In 2013 there were three Basic Recruit Classes attending the FHP Training Academy at the same time. The 125th began in April and graduated in September.
In 2013 there were three Basic Recruit Classes attending the FHP Training Academy at the same time. The 125th began in April and graduated in September. The 126th and 127th began in August and graduated in January, 2014.

Trooper Ambroise - click photo Patrick Ambroise, In the Line of Duty
End of Watch: Saturday, May 15, 2010

Trooper Ambroise was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind while he was stopped on the shoulder of the Florida Turnpike, near Okeechobee Road. A vehicle traveling on the turnpike suddenly veered onto the shoulder and struck Trooper Ambroise's patrol vehicle, causing it to burst into flames, and trapping him inside. Trooper Ambroise had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for four years.

His career with the FHP began June 20, 2005. He was a member of the 111th Recruit Class in Tallahassee, from June 20, 2005 to January 12, 2006. He was assigned to Troop K (Miami-Turnpike). At the time of his death, he was 35. He is survived by his wife, Roberta and two young daughters, mother and five siblings.

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Colonel Brierton - Click photoColonel David H. Brierton, Jr.

On March 2, 2011, Julie Jones, Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, announced that Colonel Brierton was being appointed as Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. His promotion ceremony took place in the Kirkman Bldg. Auditorium on March 7, 2011. Brierton has served the residents and visitors of Florida with distinction as a dedicated member of the Patrol since September 1983.

In announcing the appointment, Julie Jones, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said, "David Brierton has a tremendous record of public service and has the experience, strong leadership skills and vision necessary to lead the dedicated men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol into the future.”

An Army veteran, Brierton served as a member of the Military Police prior to joining the FHP. He is a graduate of Mountain State University with a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice, and has completed specialized training that includes the 27th Command Officer Development Course (Southern Police Institute) and the 41st Chief Executive Seminar (Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute).

Brierton served as a trooper and a sergeant in Miami-Dade County. In 1989, the Patrol promoted him to lieutenant, and he relocated to Bradenton. He advanced to the rank of captain four years later and returned to south Florida to supervise operations in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. In 2003, FHP promoted Brierton to major and assigned him to Headquarters in Tallahassee, where he supervised Investigations and Professional Compliance. In 2006, Brierton was appointed lieutenant colonel and charged with oversight of Patrol Operations, Investigations, Contraband Interdiction, Emergency Operations and Homeland Security.

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FHP Welcomes the Office of Motor Carrier Compliance

The Office of Motor Carrier Compliance officially transition from the Florida Department of Transportation to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Division of the Florida Highway Patrol on July 1, 2011. Motor Carrier Compliance officers perform safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles and perform traffic enforcement in an effort to reduce the number of commercial vehicle-related crashes.

The consolidation is a result of Senate Bill 2160, passed by lawmakers during the 2011 Legislative Session, and places the commercial vehicle licensing, registrations, fuel permits, and enforcement all under the purview of DHSMV.

“The Florida Highway Patrol and Office of Motor Carrier Compliance share a common purpose to safeguard Florida's roadways through enforcement, and I am confident that joining the two will create a synergy that will increase our effectiveness,” said Brierton. “A team comprised of representatives from both agencies has been hard at work to develop a smooth transition that ensures public safety is our top priority.”

The Office of Motor Carrier Compliance will transition to FHP as a bureau and will report to Lt. Col. Scotty Sanderson. Sanderson currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in his position as interim director of the Office of Motor Carrier Compliance.

“This is a bold move on the part of our leadership to help fill those identified deficits in our Florida budget by streamlining operations and reducing duplicative management efforts, which will certainly improve efficiencies within our agencies,” said Sanderson.

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FHP’s First Female Deputy Director, Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Hildreth

September 16, 2011, the Florida Highway Patrol achieved a historic milestone as the first female lieutenant colonel assumed her new position and duties. Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. David Brierton, announced today that Capt. Kelly Hildreth is the new deputy director of field operations. As she takes on her new position within the Patrol, she will lead patrol operations throughout the sunshine state.

“During her 16-year career with the Patrol, Lt. Col. Hildreth has demonstrated the skills and abilities necessary to be an effective leader. She is ready for the next step in her career, which requires a great amount of self-initiative and responsibility,” said Brierton. ”I have full confidence in her abilities to lead the Patrol in its day to day responsibility of enforcing the laws related to highway safety and security in Florida. Lt. Col. Hildreth is charged with leading field operations within the Patrol with an eye toward meeting our agency vision of a Safer Florida.”

Hildreth was selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants from a nationwide search. Her previous assignment was at FHP headquarters in Tallahassee, where she was the coordinator of the office of professional compliance and emergency operations. She began her career in Troop L, Palm Beach County as trooper after graduating from the 89th Recruit Class. Since then, she has moved up through the ranks, spending most of her career in Tallahassee.

Hildreth is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

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Trooper Dyer - click photo William H. Dyer, III, In the Line of Duty
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Trooper Dyer was in an single vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Leon County while on duty. He suffered from a medical emergency which caused the crash on Oct. 18, 2011. He died on December 28, 2011.

Trooper Dyer began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 1994 as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. He later applied and was accepted as a member of the 89th recruit class in 1996. Bill served Florida's residents and visitors for more than 16 years. At the time of his death, he was 39. He is survived by his mother, father and sister.

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FHP Helps Make Republican National Convention a Safe Event

Aug. 27-30, 2012 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies provided security and transportation at the event help in Tampa. The Florida Highway Patrol had a dynamic role in the RNC. More than 500 members of the Patrol were assigned to the RNC detail. Sworn troopers, along with auxiliary troopers, support personnel and duty officers from our Regional Communication Centers, participated in mobile field force, transportation, security, patrol operations, communications and support functions.

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Troopers Participate in the 57th Presidential Inauguration

Thirty-nine members of the Florida Highway Patrol traveled to Washington, D.C. to assist with providing security for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration ceremony Jan. 21, 2013. The troopers attended the swearing in ceremony along with more than 2,700 law enforcement officers from around the nation, who all became deputy U.S. Marshalls for the detail.

“The men and women selected for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity represented the hard working troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol,” said Maj. Mark Welch. “Before the watchful eyes of the nation, the troopers displayed the professionalism for which the Florida Highway Patrol is known.”

“It was an awesome experience,” said Trooper Denise Meredith. “The swearing in with all the agencies was a very cool experience coming from a small town and realizing that I was there with all the other law enforcement officers was great. Being able to salute our flag on Pennsylvania Avenue to the tune of the Star Spangled banner was incredible. To actually look at the same crowd all day in the same place and watch people and their mannerisms and personality differences and then look into their eyes and facial expressions during the speech was pretty cool, also.”

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Academy History

August 19, 2013, The Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy made history with the start of the first ever “Dual Class”. Over 100 chosen applicants will begin their journey to become Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and join either the 126th or the 127th Basic Recruit Class. The members of the 126th Recruit Class will begin their academy indoctrination at 8am while the members of the 127th Recruit Class will join the ranks later in the day at 2pm. Both classes will be challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally as they embark on the rigorous training regimen that all Florida Highway Patrol Troopers past and present have experienced. The accelerated 23 week training curriculum that has been implemented since 2012 will continue to push the recruits to their limits academically in their quest to become “Florida’s Finest”. Additionally, the 125th Recruit Class which will be graduating on September 12, 2013, will be completing their agency specific training during the initial weeks of the “Dual Class”. This again makes Training Academy history with the largest ever recruit population. Over 175 recruits will be training at the same time!

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10-8 on 10 Enforcement Detail

The Florida Highway Patrol collaborated with other southern border states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free over the Labor Day holiday weekend. All eight states that line Interstate 10, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, participated in an intensified enforcement effort called “10-8 on 10, One Road, One Mission.” By all states working together, the entire 2,460 miles of I-10 will be covered under this enforcement action. During the four day period beginning August 30 and continuing through September 2. 2013, law enforcement agencies in each state conducted special details on I-10. Florida had zero fatalities reported during this effort.

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New CVE Lt. Colonel Troy Thompson

Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. David Brierton promoted Troy Thompson as the new Lt. Colonel for the two troops of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE), effective Sept. 20, 2013. Lieutenant Colonel Thompson was selected from an impressive group of candidates who were interviewed for this important leadership position within our agency. Thompson will oversee the operations of Troops I and J and brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to his new position. Under the oversight of the new Lieutenant Colonel, CVE will continue to focus on its core mission to enforce laws related to commercial motor vehicles within our state.

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