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138th Basic Recruit Class Graduates From FHP Training Academy

~ Florida Highway Patrol welcomes 71 new Troopers to the road ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the 138th basic recruit class of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) graduated from the FHP Training Academy. These 71 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 Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis delivered the keynote address to FHP’s newest Troopers.

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Law enforcement professionals are the fabric of our community and play an integral part in Florida’s future. It was an honor to be with the newest class of FHP professionals today and I will continue to do everything possible to support this community.”

Members of the 138th 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.

“These Florida Highway Patrol Troopers have made a heroic commitment to serve the state of Florida,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “In the face of challenges and uncertain times, they have made the selfless decision to always answer the call to help those in need, and I am extremely proud to welcome the 138th Recruit Class.”

“It is a privilege to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks of trooper,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “These men and women will carry on the Patrol’s dedication of Courtesy, Service and Protection for the residents and visitors of Florida.”

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 141st basic recruit class starting October 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 DHSMV 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.