137th Basic Recruit Class Graduates From FHP Training Academy

~ Florida Highway Patrol welcomes 53 new Troopers to the road ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the 137th basic recruit class of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) graduated from the FHP Training Academy. These 53 Troopers join the more than 1,900 Troopers who patrol Florida’s roads each day to provide safety and security to residents and visitors. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam, delivered the keynote address to FHP’s newest Troopers.

“It was my honor to congratulate the newest graduates of the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy, welcome them into the Florida Highway Patrol family and wish them Godspeed as they keep watch over our great state,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Florida is fortunate to have these new Troopers who will selflessly and courageously pursue their mission to keep Florida safe.”

Members of the 137th basic recruit class went through 28 weeks of intense physical and classroom training covering topics including defensive tactics, law, vehicle operations, firearms 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.

“In the face of challenges at the local, state and national level, our Troopers always answer the call to help those in need,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Florida looks to these Troopers to bravely serve our state, and I am extremely proud and grateful for their heroic commitment.”

“Becoming a state Trooper is a decision that requires personal sacrifice and the willingness to accept a tremendous amount of responsibility,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “It is an honor to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks of Trooper to carry on FHP’s commitment to courtesy, service, and protection.”

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 for 10 to 14 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 139th basic recruit class starting March 2018. 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.