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The 112th graduating class
"Divided we began, together now we stand.
We are the 112th, forever black and tan."

On July 27, 2006, the Florida Highway Patrol's 112th recruit class graduated in a ceremony at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, Fred Dickinson, introduced Florida's Governor Jeb Bush as the Commencement Speaker.

(L-R) FHPA Chaplain Morgan, Chief Dawson, HSMV Deputy Director Westberry, HSMV Director Dickinson, Governor  Bush, Colonel Knight
(L-R) FHPA Chaplain Cliff Morgan, Chief Silvester Dawson,
HSMV Deputy Executive Director Dave Westberry, HSMV Executive Director Fred Dickinson,
Governor Jeb Bush, Colonel Chris Knight

Governor Bush told the recruits they were now members of an "elite family" that represents the first line of defense for the millions of Florida citizens and its visitors. "They look to you all for safety and protection and I know you won't let them down," Bush said.

The 112th Basic Recruit Class began their training on January 13th, 2006 and the 112th Certified Recruit Class began theirs on June 2, 2006. This class has the distinction of being the first class to begin their training at the new academy in the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Havana, Florida. 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 will be released to solo patrol after completing 10 weeks of field training in their first assigned districts.

Of the 51 graduates, eight were selected to receive special recognition awards. Executive Director Dickinson and Colonel Knight presented awards to the following:

The 112th final formation.
The 112th in their final formation.

Governor Bush left the recruits with these words, "You are now a member of a very elite family. Make your family proud." The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to welcome these men and women into their "family". Congratulations and good luck 112!

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