(FORSYTH) – The Georgia State Patrol graduated its 106th Trooper School on Friday, August 16, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth and a Walton County resident, Trooper Nicholas Hawkins, graduated Top Gun. He also earned the highest Academic Average for which he received a $1,000 scholarship towards a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University. Hawkins has been assigned to GSP Post 46 in Monroe.
Another local graduate, Trooper Rebecca Moran of Gwinnett County, has been assigned to GSP Post 51 in Gwinnett County. She was recognized for her leadership in Sergeant-at-Arms.
According to a press release on the latest graduates, after 32 weeks of intense training, the 33 new troopers are assigned to one of the 52 posts throughout the state. Gov. Brian P. Kemp was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony and he also issued the Oath of Office. Other speakers included Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Capt. Joshua Lamb, Director of Training.
Before graduating as troopers, the cadets spend 20 weeks at the academy and 12 weeks in-field training. The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requires all peace officers receive a minimum of 400 hours of Basic Mandate Training. The newly graduated troopers had 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.
“It was an honor to go through this tough challenge of life together and I wish you all the best in your careers wherever it may lead you,” said class president Trooper Jerry Slade during remarks to his fellow class members. “We’re right where we need to be.”
Trooper Kyle Thompson was recognized for top honors in driving proficiency and Trooper Clarence Johnson in firearms proficiency. Additionally, the following graduates were recognized for their leadership: Trooper Erik Austell, Vice President; Trooper David Allan, Secretary/Treasurer; Trooper Patrick Pollett, Chaplain; and Trooper Evan Joyner, Pennant Bearer.
The following were all the assignments of all the graduates from the GSP 106th Trooper School.
|TROOPER||HOME COUNTY||POST ASSIGNMENT|
|Erguens Accilien||Columbia||Post 21 – Sylvania|
|David Allan||Hall||Post 6 – Gainesville|
|Jalin Anderson||Richmond||Post 33 – Milledgeville|
|Erik Austell||Bibb||Post 15 – Perry|
|Evan Bauza||Chatham||Post 11 – Hinesville|
|Logan Beck||Camden||Post 23 – Brunswick|
|Christopher Cates||Rabun||Post 27 – Blue Ridge|
|Seferino Chavez||Clayton||Post 47 – Forest Park|
|Demon Clark||Greene||Post 17 – Washington|
|Christopher Cordell||Catoosa||Post 5 – Dalton|
|Clint Donaldson||Coweta||Post 49 – Motor Unit|
|Eric Guerrero||Coffee||Post 36 – Douglas|
|Jonathan Hayes||Paulding||Post 29 – Paulding|
|Nicholas Hawkins||Walton||Post 46 – Monroe|
|Bradley Hunt||Muscogee||Post 2 – LaGrange|
|Clarence Johnson||Richmond||Post 25 – Grovetown|
|Evan Joyner||Muscogee||Post 2 – LaGrange|
|Richard Justice||Columbia||Post 25 – Grovetown|
|Malcolm Martinez||Cobb||Post 47 – Forest Park|
|Rebecca Moran||Gwinnett||Post 51 – Gwinnett|
|Paul Osuegbu||Barrow||Post 6 – Gainesville|
|Jose Perez||Colquitt||Post 13 – Tifton|
|Patrick Pollett||Columbia||Post 25 – Grovetown|
|Troy Pudder||Houston||Post 30 – Cordele|
|Caleb Pyle||Coweta||Post 24 – Newnan|
|Daysi Ramirez||Houston||Post 15 – Perry|
|Gabriel Rampy||Carroll||Post 4 – Villa Rica|
|Adam Salter||Pike||Post 26 – Thomaston|
|Jerry Slade||Crisp||Post 30 – Cordele|
|Kyle Thompson||Berrien||Post 36 – Douglas|
|James Vaughan||Sumter||Post 10 – Americus|
|Brian Whelehan||Bryan||Post 23 – Brunswick|
|Kelley Whitaker||Miller||Post 14 – Colquitt|