Tennessee Highway Patrol Welcomes 49 New State Troopers

The Tennessee Highway Patrol graduated 49 new state troopers from two cadet classes.

On April 5, Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating classes of Tennessee State Troopers. The department simultaneously instructed a regular 17-week trooper cadet class and an 11-week lateral trooper cadet class. The lateral class returned from their district assignments for the graduation ceremony that took place at Donelson First in Nashville, Tennessee. Governor Bill Lee served as the keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony and swore in the new troopers as they delivered their oaths of office.

Trooper Cadet Class 324 graduated 22 troopers. The Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 224 graduated 27 troopers composed of all prior Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement officers from across Tennessee. The lateral class brings a combined 187 years of prior law enforcement experience to the THP.

Trooper Anthony Wilber of class 324 was named the top cadet for his class and was presented with the Trooper Calvin Jenks Memorial Award for Excellence for his leadership, work ethic, and academics. The award was named in honor of the late Trooper Calvin Jenks, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2007.

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THP Seeks Info on Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is requesting public assistance in investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a female pedestrian on I-24 East near mile marker 138 on Monteagle Mountain in Marion County, which occurred on March 30th between 3:45 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.