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LA CROSSE – Governor Scott Walker today officially swore-in 37 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers during a graduation ceremony in La Crosse. Members of the State Patrol’s 63rd Recruit Class recently completed 26 weeks of comprehensive training that began September 24, 2017 at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy.

“We stand in support of all those who serve in uniform, including these 37 new State Patrol troopers and inspectors,” said Governor Walker. “The primary mission of these brave men and women is to ensure safe travel for Wisconsin families and commerce. Thank you for your service and commitment to our state.”

The recent graduates have been assigned to work from one of the State Patrol’s five regional posts across the state. A total of 29 will begin their service as troopers with eight working as inspectors. Six of the new officers are military veterans and three are women. Troopers generally patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors help enforce state and federal motor carrier safety regulations that impact large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles.

“We rely on our law enforcement professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during holidays, good and bad weather,” stated WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross. “I want to congratulate these recent graduates and recognize that we cannot thank them enough for choosing a career in law enforcement and keeping the roadways and all of us safe.”

Along with enforcing traffic and commercial motor vehicle laws, State Patrol officers fulfill many other roles such as crash reconstruction experts, airplane pilots, dignitary protection, K-9 or motorcycle officers. Last year, officers with the Wisconsin State Patrol made 245,099 traffic stops, handled 37,763 motorist assists, and inspected 37,082 commercial motor vehicles.

“To help ensure the safety of our officers and the citizens they serve, the Wisconsin State Patrol provides its troopers and inspectors some of the most comprehensive training offered in the nation,” said Captain Paul Matl, Commander of the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy. “The physical and academic training covers traffic and criminal laws, emergency vehicle operations and firearms proficiency, communication skills and crisis management, along with emergency lifesaving skills.”

The following is a list of the new officers, their hometowns, positions, county and region of assignment.

Wisconsin State Patrol 63rd Recruit Class

 

Graduate

Hometown

Classification

Assignment

 

Michael Abrahamson

Menasha, WI

Trooper

Brown County, SER

 

Trevor J. Aldrich

Plover, WI

Trooper

Jefferson County, SWR

 

Jacob M. Anderson

Sparta, WI

Trooper

St. Croix County, NWR

 

Michael R. Anderson

Guttenberg, IA

Trooper

Sawyer County, NWR

 

Logan R. Christel

Valders, WI

Trooper

Kewaunee County, NER

 

Lauren A. Christian

Madison, WI

Inspector

Juneau County, SWR

 

Danny W. Daniels

Oregon, IL

Trooper

Jefferson County, SWR

 

Landon D. Derginer

Marinette, WI

Trooper

Brown County, NER

 

Anthony D. Fasula

Amherst, WI

Inspector

Wood County, NCR

 

Thomas A. Fleming

Big Lake, MN

Inspector

Superior SWEF, NWR

 

Cameron M. Garcia

Eau Claire, WI

Trooper

Monroe County, SWR

 

Benjamin W. Hamilton

Wausau, WI

Trooper

La Crosse County, SWR

 

Jeffrey W. Hill

Monroe, WI

Inspector

Beloit SWEF, SWR

 

Caleb A. Hohensee

Antigo, WI

Trooper

Oneida County, NCR

 

Brandon L. Howell

Viroqua, WI

Inspector

Waushara County, NCR

 

Jordan T. Jones

Green Bay, WI

Trooper

Monroe County, SWR

 

Ashley R. Kamps

Waterford, WI

Inspector

Kenosha SWEF, SER

 

Carl N. Kent, II.

Minocqua, WI

Trooper

Price County, NCR

 

Michael W. Kline

Chippewa Falls, WI

Trooper

Jackson County, NWR

 

Robert P. Liddell

Altoona, WI

Trooper

Jackson County, NWR

 

Phillip J. Martinez

Port Edwards, WI

Trooper

Racine County, SER

 

Dragan Milisav

Franklin, WI

Inspector

Kenosha SWEF, SER

 

Wyatt N. Miller

Middleton, WI

Trooper

Sauk County, SWR

 

Zachary L. Mulholland

Ladysmith, WI

Trooper

Rusk County, NWR

 

Alexander D. Murn

Palmyra, WI

Inspector

Ozaukee County, SER

 

George Negron

Hartford, CT

Trooper

Forest/Florence County, NCR

 

Patrick P. Newell

Milwaukee, WI

Trooper

Kenosha County, SER

 

Nathan A. Olson

Campbellsport, WI

Trooper

Fond du Lac County, NER

 

Joshua J. Pinkos

Antigo, WI

Trooper

St. Croix County, NWR

 

Aaron S. Poehlman

De Pere, WI

Trooper

Outagamie County, NER

 

Alexander D. Polizzi

Lake Zurich, IL

Trooper

Jefferson County, SWR

 

Tyler P. Post

Morris, IL

Trooper

Juneau County, SWR

 

Coady A. Schiltz

Lyndon Station, WI

Trooper

Juneau County, SWR

 

Jeremiah K. Schummer

Eau Claire, WI

Trooper

St. Croix County, NWR

 

Jared M. Vuksan

Gladstone, MI

Trooper

La Crosse County, SWR

 

Anna M. Waterman

Amery, WI

Trooper

Washburn County, NWR

 

Anthony M. Westphal

Fond du Lac, WI

Trooper

Monroe County, NWR

 

SWR = Southwest Region

 

SER = Southeast Region

 

NER = Northeast Region

 

NCR = Northcentral Region

 

NWR = Northwest Region

 

SWEF = Safety and Weight Enforcement Facility

 

           

NOTE: Photos of the graduates will be available on Monday, April 2. To request photos, email opa.exec@dot.wi.gov.

 

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