134th Basic Recruit Class Graduates From FHP Academy

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~ Florida Highway Patrol welcomes 48 new Troopers to the road ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the 134th basic recruit class of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) graduated from the FHP Training Academy. These 48 new troopers join the more than 1,900 troopers who patrol Florida’s roads each day to provide safety and security to residents and visitors.

“In this demanding and turbulent time, these graduates made a conscious decision to serve our state so they could help others,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “I am extremely proud to welcome them to the department and grateful for their service in pursuit of a Safer Florida.”

Members of the 134th 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 FHP Training Academy, recruits also participated in several community service activities, including blood drives and volunteering to help those living with developmental disabilities.

“The men and women of the FHP have built a tradition dedicated to upholding the Patrol’s motto of ‘Courtesy, Service, Protection’ to the people of this great state,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “This graduating class has put in countless hours of physical and mental training to prepare them for a career with FHP and I commend them for their dedication and commitment.”

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

The FHP is currently recruiting. Those looking for an exciting career in law enforcement have endless possibilities within the ranks of the Patrol. From Pensacola to the Florida Keys, FHP allows you to make a career where you call home. Opportunities and openings are statewide. FHP is now hiring for the 136th basic recruit class starting February 2017. To learn more about Florida’s finest, visit or contact FHP’s Recruitment Office at 850-617-2307. Get connected with the FHP Training Academy via Facebook (Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy) or Instagram (@FHP_Recruiting).


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 FLHSMV and the services offered, visit, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook.