LINCOLN, Neb. The 55th Basic Recruit Class of the Nebraska State Patrol graduated at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, July 25.
The ceremony was held in the Rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol. Remarks were provided by Governor Dave Heineman, Attorney General Jon Bruning and Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent, Colonel David Sankey. The Oath of Office was administered by Secretary of State John Gale.
The 19 members of the class completed 23 weeks of training at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island. Their instruction involved 1,187 hours and 70 exams including both written and practical. Fourteen new troopers are assigned to Traffic in the Field Services Division, while five graduates are assigned to the Carrier Enforcement Division.
Recruit Jeremiah Foster received the Superintendent’s Leadership Award, while the D.R. Shearer Marksmanship Award was given to Recruit Luke Kelly. Recruit Veronica Jones received the O.H. Witt Academic Achievement Award and the R. J. Buchholz Physical Fitness Award was presented to recruit Adam Young. Recruit Amanda Hunt received the State Trooper Association of Nebraska (STAN) Award.
The newly badged officers will now undergo six months of on-the-job instruction with veteran troopers in the field.