(FORSYTH) – The Georgia State Patrol graduated its 105th Trooper School on Friday, March 15, at Post 50 – Capitol Hill in Atlanta. After 32 weeks of intense training, 18 new troopers will report to patrol posts throughout the state on Monday, April 15. Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan was the keynote speaker. Lt. Colonel Russell Powell issued the Oath of Office. Additionally, remarks were given by Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Capt. Joshua Lamb, Director of Training.
Trooper Cadets spend 20 weeks at the academy and 12 weeks in field training. The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requires that all peace officers receive a minimum of 400 hours of Basic Mandate Training.
At the completion of Trooper School, these newly graduated trooper cadets received over 1,500 hours of training, including driving, defensive tactics, vehicle stops, Spanish, criminal law and criminal procedure, firearms, accident investigation, and various other training
During remarks to his fellow class members, class president, Tpr. Garrett C. T. King, emphasized what it meant to be a trooper, who they were as individuals, and why they wanted to become troopers.
Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study.
The honorees were:
- Firearms Proficiency – Tpr. Stanley L. McCoy, Jr.
- Driving Proficiency – Tpr. Ronaldo Kegel
- Highest Academic Average – Tpr. Samuel J. Shell
- Top Gun – Tpr. Garrett C. T. King
Tpr. Shell also received a $1,000 scholarship towards a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University for having the highest academic average in his class.
Additionally, the following graduates were recognized for their leadership: Tpr. Taylor Cooper, Vice President; Tpr. Alejandro Aponte-Gotay, Secretary/Treasurer; Tpr. William Sexton, IV, Chaplain; Tpr. Julian Mapes, Sergeant-At-Arms; Tpr. Kemonte Figures, Pennant Bearer; and Tpr. Christopher Rigby, Base Bearer.
Each commissioned trooper will report to his post on April 15, 2019. The new graduates are assigned to one of the 52 posts throughout the state.
|TROOPER||HOME COUNTY||ASSIGNED POST|
|Alejandro Aponte-Gotay||Gwinnett||Post 49 – Motor Unit|
|Melton Black||Bartow||Post 9 – Marietta|
|Jason Brown||Toombs||Post 18 – Reidsville|
|Damascus Chambers||Bryan||Post 23 – Brunswick|
|Taylor Cooper||Colquitt||Post 12 – Thomasville|
|Michael Craddock||Fulton||Post 51 – Gwinnett|
|Brad Cuevas||Hart||Post 32 – Athens|
|Kemonte Figures||Paulding||Post 29 – Paulding|
|Alberto Jensen||Fayette||Post 24 – Newnan|
|Ronaldo Kegel||Paulding||Post 29 – Paulding|
|Garrett King||Gordon||Post 41 – LaFayette|
|Richard Lawrence||Charlton||Post 35 – Jekyll Island|
|Julian Mapes||Gwinnett||Post 46 – Monroe|
|Stanley McCoy, Jr.||Treutlen||Post 19 – Swainsboro|
|Christopher Rigby||Bacon||Post 23 – Brunswick|
|William Sexton, IV||Carroll||Post 4 – Villa Rica|
|Samuel Shell||Gwinnett||Post 51 – Gwinnett|
|Joshua Staff||Monroe||Post 44 – Forsyth|