Photo/Story Gallery 2004

108th Recruit Class Graduates

photo of Class 108 in their final formation before graduation.New Florida Highway Patrol troopers are sworn in.On November 23, 2004, after an unexpected delay, the Florida Highway Patrol’s 108th Basic and Certified Officers recruit class graduated in a ceremony at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee.

Pictured left, Class 108 in their final formation before graduation and right, New Florida Highway Patrol troopers are sworn in.

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, Fred Dickinson, introduced Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, Guy Tunnell, as the Commencement Speaker for the graduation exercises. Of the 50 graduates, eight were selected to receive special recognition, receiving awards as follows:

  • Executive Director’s Award:   Thomas Dewitt
  • FHP Director’s Award:   Jorge Rios
  • Class President’s Award:   Thomas Dewitt
  • Marksmanship Award:   Javier Gottardi
  • Defensive Tactics Award:   Sean Holycross
  • Physical Fitness Award (Best Overall):   Jeffrey Komorowski
  • Physical Fitness Award(Most Improved):   Timothy Burtcher
  • Public Speaking Award:   Tabbatha Glazebrook

The 108th Basic Recruit Class began their training May 24, 2004, while the members of the Certified Officers Recruit Class didn’t begin until September 20, 2004. After completing their respective 27 week and 8 week stints at the Academy in training, the Basic and Certified Officer Recruits were eager to receive their diplomas and badges and take their oath of office. The graduates must still complete 10 weeks of field training in their newly assigned districts before they are released to solo patrol.