The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) welcomed 12 new troopers during a graduation ceremony at the Helena Civic Center on Friday. Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Sager addressed the graduates before their badge pinning and swearing-in.

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"I'm confident these new troopers are prepared for the challenges of protecting Montanans and ensuring our communities remain safe," said Attorney General Knudsen.

Credit: Montana Highway Patrol
Credit: Montana Highway Patrol

MHP Colonel Steve Lavin added, "This is the future of the Montana Highway Patrol, and our future is bright. They're ready to serve with pride and dedication to keep our state safe."

The new troopers completed the 78th MHP Advanced Academy, a rigorous 24-week training program. Members of the graduating class hail from across the United States, including Florida, New Jersey, Washington, and four from Montana.

  • Anthony D. Carroll - Butte, Montana - Butte Station
  • Ronaldo Chavez - Missoula, Montana - Wolf Point Station
  • Alexander D. Crandall - Shevlin, Minnesota - Bozeman Station
  • Roberto "Daniel" Erekson - Billings, Montana - Miles City Station
  • Manti D. Jeffs - Colorado City, Arizona - Choteau Station
  • Thomas G. Kachler - Newfoundland, New Jersey - Glasgow Station
  • Jerad R. O'Dell - Overton, Nevada - Butte Station
  • Gamal "James" Selim - Jacksonville, Florida - Whitehall Station
  • James T. Taylor - San Luis Obispo, California - Bozeman Station
  • Dylan W. Walls - Bremerton, Washington - Big Timber Station
  • Josiah "Joe" Wamsley - Helena, Montana - Drummond Station
  • Brett L. Westford - Cuter, Washington - Malta Station

Right now, the Montana Highway Patrol is recruiting for trooper positions through March 20th. If you are interested in becoming a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, you can learn more and submit an application at the button below.

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