A group of Kansas Highway Patrol recruits had their badges pinned on Thursday afternoon in Salina and officially became Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Capitol Police officers . The 43 new officers were part of KHP Recruit Class #57, the latest graduates from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy.
The Patrol’s 38 newest troopers and five new Capitol Police officers make up the largest, and most diverse class to graduate from the academy since it was founded in Salina in 1967. The diverse class included in its mix a female, White, Hispanic, African American, and Puerto Rican recruits
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was among those who spoke as was former Topeka and Kansas City Police Chief and current U.S. Marshall Ronald Miller. Miller urged the new officer to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
The highlight of the day was the officers taking their oath, and then each having their new badge pinned on by a chosen loved one.
KHP Recruit Class #57 began 23 weeks of training at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy back on July 6th. They will now enter the field training phase of the program, at their assigned locations.
New officers will be stationed in the following counties:
- Johnson/Wyandotte counties-9 troopers
- Miami County-1 trooper
- Leavenworth-1 trooper
- Osage County-1 trooper
- Pottawatomie County-1 trooper
- Shawnee County-2 troopers
- Marion County-1 trooper
- Gove County-1 trooper
- Russell County-1 trooper
- Thomas County-1 trooper
- Haskell County-1 trooper
- Kearny County-1 trooper
- Kiowa County-1 trooper
- Seward County-2 troopers
- Barton County-1 trooper
- Sedgwick County-8 troopers
- Sumner County-1 trooper
- Cherokee County-2 troopers
- Greenwood County-1 trooper
- Lyon County-1 trooper
- 5 new Capitol Police officers
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