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Georgia State Patrol Graduates 110th Trooper School

The Georgia State Patrol graduated its 110th Trooper School on Friday, September 17, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth.  After 32 weeks of intense training, and a three-week interruption due to a COVID outbreak, 34 new troopers will report to one of the 52 patrol posts throughout the state.

First Lady Marty Kemp was the keynote speaker.  Colonel Chris C. Wright, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), paid tribute to the first responders killed on Sept. 11. Lt. Colonel William W. Hitchens, III, DPS Deputy Commissioner, issued the Oath of Office.  Additionally, remarks were given by Lt. Colonel Stephanie L. Stallings, DPS Director of Support/Administrative Operations, and Capt. Garrett Fiveash, 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 408 hours of Basic Mandate Training.  At the completion of Trooper School, these newly graduated troopers received over 1,400 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, Trooper Scott Curry, class president, reflected on family and how it extends beyond the immediate family to his classmates and the training staff he walked with on this journey towards becoming a Trooper. He expressed how important the friendships that were made helped get each of them through those tough times.

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Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various proficiencies. The honorees were:

  • Driving Proficiency – Trooper Jamie Allen
  • Firearms Proficiency – Trooper Zachary Goodman
  • Top Gun – Trooper Cameron York
  • Highest Academic Average – Trooper Cameron Reese

Trooper Reese also received a $2,000 scholarship towards a master’s degree from Reinhardt University for having the highest academic average (95.89) in his class. He already received a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies. This scholarship is named after CPL Chadwick LeCroy who was killed in the line of duty on December 27, 2010.  The university also gave a $1,000 scholarship to each trooper towards a bachelor’s degree.

Additionally, the following graduates were recognized for their leadership: Trooper Bradley Gurganus, Vice President; Trooper Katlyn Reid, Secretary; Trooper Vijaya Purugulla, Treasurer; Trooper Derek Long, Chaplain; Trooper Darryll Fulghum, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Trooper Joshua Powell, Pennant Bearer.

Each commissioned trooper will report to the following assigned post:

TROOPERPOST ASSIGNMENT
Jamie AllenPost 16 – Helena
Jhordann BarkerPost 44 – Forsyth
Edgar BellorinPost 51 – Gwinnett
Thomas BondPost 42 – Rincon
Scott CurryPost 17 – Washington
Aaron DeytonPost 27 – Blue Ridge
Logan EdwardsPost 29 – Paulding
Seth FradyPost 6 – Gainesville
Andrew FrizzellPost 15 – Perry
Darryll FulghumPost 31 – Valdosta
Zackary GoodmanPost 8 – Madison
Cody E. GordyPost 32 – Athens
Bradley J. GurganusPost 42 – Rincon
Jorge HernandezPost 6 – Gainesville
Evan JohnsonPost 43 – Calhoun
Xavier JohnsonPost 39 – Cuthbert
Kenneth JonesPost 10 – Americus
David JonesPost 27 – Blue Ridge
Derek LongPost 6 – Gainesville
Keith McCartyPost 45 – Statesboro
Joshua NelsonPost 1 – Griffin
Courdarious NunnPost 2 – LaGrange
Joshua PowellPost 30 – Cordele
Vijaya PurugullaPost 2 – LaGrange
Cameron ReesePost 45 – Statesboro
Katlyn S. ReidPost 30 – Cordele
John ReinhardtPost 13 – Tifton
Seth ScrivenPost 21 – Sylvania
Brandon SimerlyPost 14 – Colquitt
Marquez G. StylesPost 1 – Griffin
Christopher ThompsonPost 36 – Douglas
James Turner, IIIPost 45 – Statesboro
Austin Lee WeaverPost 3 – Cartersville
Cameron YorkPost 35 – Jekyll Island

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