Photo/Story Gallery 2003

106th Recruit Class Reports

Colonel Knight introduces the 106th Class to Department Executive Staff. The 106th Recruit Class reported to the FHP Training Academy on Monday, September 22, 2003. On Tuesday morning Colonel Chris Knight introduced them to Mr. Fred Dickinson, Mr. David Westberry and members of the Executive Staff of the FLorida Highway Patrol.

The new recruits inspected during assembly. Pictured left, Colonel Knight introduces the 106th Recruit Class to Department Executive Staff and right, the new recruits are inspected during assembly.

Twenty-five new recruits passed through the doors of the FHP Academy on Monday, September 22, 2003. By daybreak on Tuesday, twenty-four remained. Colonel Chris Knight introduced the trainees to the senior management of FLHSMV and FHP and encouraged them to “stick it out and never give up on your dreams.”

The first week of training is always extremely intense. The recruits must face indoctrination, tough physical training, and must get used to their new surroundings and members of the training staff-all of this can be quite stressful! Colonel Knight reminded them to look forward-down the road-and to focus on the big picture.

The new recruits lining up for chow.The recruits will be required to form up every morning, noon and evening before meals and during the lowering of the colors (retreat) and at any other time a “discussion” is necessary concerning recruit activities.

Pictured left, the new recruits line up for chow.

Class counselors and Academy staff members use these formations to pass on information and discuss various rules the recruits must adhere to during their Academy stay. Discipline and military bearing are important qualities stressed during the first few weeks of the Academy.