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Highway Patrol Holds Recruit Graduation Ceremony Friday, April 12

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 8, 2019

Contact: Tony Mangan, Department of Public Safety, 773-6196



Highway Patrol Holds Recruit Graduation Ceremony Friday, April 12



PIERRE, S.D. – Nine new recruits officially become South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers at a graduation ceremony this Friday, April 12.


The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre. Gov. Kristi Noem is the guest speaker. 


For Class 61, graduation is the culmination of a one-year period which started with the recruits making the initial application to the Highway Patrol. After being selected, the recruits completed eight months of training which included basic law enforcement training, attending the South Dakota Highway Patrol Recruit Academy and finally, field training.


“It is not easy to become a Highway Patrol trooper, but we want to prepare them for any situation they might face,” says Craig Price, Cabinet Secretary of the state Department of Public Safety.  “Graduation is a major milestone and we are proud to share the moment with the recruits and their families.”


The graduating recruits and their duty stations are: Brandon Akron, Mobridge; Jordan Anderson, Presho; Jonathan Barthel, Milbank; Kellen Hood, Belle Fourche; David Koch, Aberdeen; James Linn, Sturgis; Jordan Moses, Pierre; Mason Ostenson, Belle Fourche; and, Blake Richters, Pierre.


“These recruits bring their own backgrounds, life experiences and skills to the Highway Patrol,” says Secretary Price. “Each of them will help make the Patrol stronger and better able to meet the needs of the public.”


At the end of graduation, the new troopers will receive their patrol cars which will be parked behind the state Capitol. Many of the graduates are scheduled to be on duty as early as Saturday, April 13.


The public is invited to attend the ceremony.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.