THP Welcomes Experienced Graduates

Tennessee Highway Patrol graduates five experienced law enforcement professionals.
Public Safety

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) celebrated the addition of five new state troopers to its ranks on February 22, in a ceremony that underscored the depth of experience and commitment these individuals bring to the force. Held at the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Training Center in Nashville, the graduation event was a significant milestone for the new troopers, all of whom have prior experience in highway patrol or state police roles across the United States.

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and THP Colonel Matt Perry presided over the ceremony, welcoming the graduates who hail from an impressive array of backgrounds. Among the new troopers, one is a returning member of the THP, while the others join from the Florida Highway Patrol, Louisiana State Police, Arkansas State Police, and New Jersey State Police.

Thanks to their extensive prior training, these new troopers completed a rigorous five-week program designed to acquaint them with THP procedures, as well as Tennessee’s traffic and criminal laws. Collectively, they bring 25 years of law enforcement experience to their new roles. Their diverse backgrounds include not just law enforcement but also military service, with two troopers having served in the armed forces. On the academic front, two of the graduates hold Associate’s degrees, and one boasts a Bachelor’s degree.

Commissioner Jeff Long, serving as the keynote speaker, underscored the significance of the graduates’ decision to join the THP, a law enforcement agency renowned for its excellence across the United States. “We are honored that these experienced law enforcement professionals chose to serve the citizens of our great state,” said Long. He praised the new troopers for their dedication and commitment to public service, a sentiment echoed throughout the ceremony as he administered their oaths of office.

The graduation of these five individuals marks a promising addition to the THP, enhancing the force with their extensive experience and dedication to upholding the law and serving the community. Photos of the new troopers are available upon request, providing a face to the names of those who have committed themselves to the safety and security of Tennessee’s citizens.

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