143rd Basic Recruit Class Graduates from Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy

Florida Highway Patrol welcomes 38 new Troopers to the road

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) Friday, the 143rd basic recruit class of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) graduated from the FHP Training Academy.  These 38 Troopers join the more than 1,900 Troopers who patrol Florida’s roads each day to provide safety and security to residents and visitors.

Members of the 143rd 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.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It was an honor and a privilege to give the commencement address to the 143rd recruit class of the Florida Highway Patrol.  These brave men and women will go on to patrol Florida’s motorways, and pledge their life to service to our state.  They are to be commended and congratulated for finishing the grueling months of training and for their decision to join public service. Congratulations!”

“The Florida Highway Patrol has responsibilities unlike any other law enforcement agency in our state,” said Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (FLHSMV) Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes.  “This new class of Troopers will join the proud ranks of the Florida Highway Patrol who work tirelessly, day in and day out, to keep Floridians and visitors safe.”

“I am proud to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks of Florida Highway Patrol trooper,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.  “These men and women will carry on the Patrol’s commitment to 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.