Florida Highway Patrol Graduates 56 New Troopers

~ Members of 131st recruit class join FHP’s continued commitment to a Safer Florida ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles welcomed 56 new troopers to the division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). These troopers will join the more than 1,800 troopers who patrol the state’s roads each day to provide protection and assistance to Florida residents and visitors.

“Today’s graduating class is my first as Colonel, and I am as proud today as I was the day I graduated 22 years ago,” said Col. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “My expectations for quality, ethical and professional law enforcement will require our troopers to be the best of the best.  These graduates represent some of the best there are in law enforcement today.”

The graduates and guests welcomed supporter of the FHP, Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, who delivered the keynote address during the graduation ceremony.

“In a time of scrutiny and question these young men and women will carry the torch into the future and continue the tradition of excellence set forth before them by their predecessors,” said Sheriff Darnell.

Members of the 131st basic recruit classes went through 28 weeks of intense physical and classroom training covering topics such as human relations, law, firearms, defensive tactics, vehicle operations and first aid.  While at the Academy, recruits also participated in several community service activities, including blood drives and volunteering to help those living with developmental disabilities.

FHP honored new Trooper Juan Perez with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the Academy. The Patrol presented the Director’s award to new Trooper Robert Davis for demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the 28 weeks of training.

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 respective FTO for up to 12 weeks prior to being released to solo duty.

If you are looking for an exciting career in law enforcement, FHP has 80,000 miles of jurisdiction and the possibilities are endless within the ranks of the Florida Highway Patrol.  You can work anywhere from the Florida Keys to the Panhandle in all Florida’s 67 counties.  For more information about becoming one of Florida’s finest, visit our website at or contact FHP’s Recruitment Office at 850-617-2307.

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