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BATON ROUGE (KNOE 8 News) – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal administered the oath of office to 46 newly badged Louisiana State Troopers in the Senate chamber of the Louisiana State Capitol.

Governor Jindal said, “I am proud to swear in these 46 men and women as new state troopers. They have passed the Louisiana State Police Academy’s tests with excellence and have chosen to make protecting our families and our communities from harm’s way their life’s work – and for that we are grateful. These new troopers, and all state troopers throughout our state, are the men and the women who do not put themselves first. They rush into danger when most people are running away from it. We will be forever grateful for their leadership and their service, and I am proud to stand with them on this great day in our state.”“I am extremely honored to present our newest graduating class of Louisiana State Troopers,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “The badge they will receive is not a given right but a privilege earned and granted to them by the citizens of Louisiana. These men and women will be sent out across our state to protect life and serve their communities as uniform patrol troopers. They will be held to the highest standards of honor, integrity, respect and service to continue the proud tradition of the Louisiana State Police.”

Sixty-one cadets from across the state began the rigorous Training Academy on January 12th of this year. Cadets trained in areas such as crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, DWI detection, traffic incident management, and leadership. Forty-six of those cadets graduated to become troopers and take their official oath of office as they begin their careers of dedication, protection and service to the citizens of Louisiana.

Funding for the LSP Training Class was provided in HB1 through the Office of Debt Recovery at the Department of Revenue. Funds from collections were used to supplement the class.

The following is a list of graduates and their Troop assignments:

Troop A – Baton Rouge

Thomas Bellue

William Cook

Joseph Hall

Mindi MacHauer

Roger May

Joshua Mitchell

Joshua Nations

Alexandr Nezgodinsky

Troop B – Kenner

Dereck Clark

Monroe Dillon

Lance Lavigne

Michael Smith

Jack Uhle

Troop C – Gray

Dusten Arabie

Jonathan James

Todd McConnell

Jarrod Miles

Justin Rice

Shane Tilford

Troop D – Lake Charles

James Brown Jr.

James Manchester

Erik Stratton

Troop E – Alexandria

David Ducote

Tyler Glynn

Chadwick Jasper

Mary Neal

Troop F – Monroe

Kyle Brothers

Kyle Clark

James Olmstead

Troop G – Shreveport

Jimmy L. Brown, Jr.

Jerry Cox

Matthew Meek

Clifford Worthington

Troop I – Lafayette

Thomas Gossen

Matthew Motes

Jacob Ortego

Kevin Prejean

Chad Richard

John Sims

John Solet

Bret Theriot

Troop L – Mandeville

Jereme Brignac

Vincent Cyprian

Matt Fandal

Ronald Hall

Michael Mercante

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