"Tradition reigns through these halls, 111th ends it all."
On January 12, 2006, in a ceremony at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee, the Florida Highway Patrol's 111th Basic and Certified Officers Recruit Class graduated. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, Fred Dickinson, introduced Florida House of Representatives Speaker Allan Bense as the Commencement Speaker for the graduation exercises.
The 111th Basic Recruit Class began their training June 20, 2005 and the 111th Certified Recruit Class joined them on November 14. After completing their respective training at the Academy, the Basic and Certified Officer Recruits received their diplomas and badges, and Colonel Knight administered the oath of office. The graduates must still complete 10 weeks of field training in their assigned districts before they are released to solo patrol.
Of the 57 graduates, eight were selected to receive special recognition awards. Executive Director Dickinson and Colonel Knight presented the awards:
During the course of their training, this class had the unusual task of moving to a new location. The 111th Recruit Class was the final group to have been trained at the old FHP Training Academy, and, because of the timing of the move from the old to the new facility, actually became the first class to be trained at the new Academy. The new Academy is located in Gadsden County at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Training Center.
It has become a tradition for each graduating recruit class to leave something behind as a gift to the Academy in remembrance and thanks for the excellent training they received. The night before graduation at the class banquet, graduating Trooper Jeffral Bentacourt presented a model of the old Academy to the FHP Training Academy on behalf of himself and the other graduating troopers.
The 111th stands in their final formation.
The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to welcome these men and women into their ranks. Good luck Class 111!