Photo/Story Gallery 2004

FHP Assists at Summit

Colonel Knight addresses troopers as they arrive for preparations for the Summit.Colonel Ellis, Georgia State Patrol (GSP) thanks troopers for their assistance.The Florida Highway Patrol assisted the Georgia State Patrol during the G-8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia, June 8-10, 2004. Leaders of the world’s major industrial democracies were brought together at this summit.

Pictured left, FHP Colonel Chris Knight addresses troopers as they arrive for preparations for the Summit and right, Colonel Ellis, Georgia State Patrol (GSP) thanks troopers for their assistance.

World leaders of Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda met with current G-8 members, which includes the United States, French Republic, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada. The FHP was on hand to assist the Georgia State Patrol to preserve peace, enforce the laws fairly and impartially, protect the Constitutional rights of all persons involved, and prevent property damage and injury. Activists and protestors were expected to be present to voice their positions and try to disrupt the normal operations during the event, however, the number that showed was far less than anticipated. Over 100 Florida Highway Patrol members were deputized as Georgia State Troopers to help with the event.

Colonel Knight gets sworn in as GSP trooper.
Colonel Knight gets sworn in as a Georgia State Patrol trooper for the G-8 Summit.

Other troopers being sworn in as a GSP trooper.
Other troopers being sworn in as a GSP trooper.

Trooper Frost signs up to be GSP.
Trooper Ken Frost signs up to be GSP.

Captain Pedrick goes over classroom instructions prior to field training.
Captain Pedrick goes over classroom instructions prior to field training.

Troopers gear up for training
Troopers gear up for training

Troopers train at the Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville.
Troopers train at the Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville.