Twenty-nine Arkansas State Police Recruits received their Trooper commissions tonight during a graduation ceremony in the rotunda of the state capitol. The graduates were among an initial field of 436 applicants who were tested and interviewed before entering a rigorous 21-week training stint.
The graduates received 1,100 hours of specialized instruction in the academy classrooms and through practical training exercises outside the classroom. The graduates were sworn under oath as Arkansas State Troopers by Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as the keynote speaker.
Major Roby Rhoads and Colonel Mike Hagar, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety, addressed the class. State police senior command staff, troop and company commanders, the training section cadre and Arkansas State Police commissioners were among those attending the graduation.
The recruit graduates and their first post assignments are listed as follows:
Joshua Landreth, 2023-A Class Leader, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop C.
James Booth Jr.
Robert Roam III
Special recognition and awards were presented to the recruits who attained the highest overall academy scores within the respective curriculum and training categories:
1st place – Tim Robinson
2nd place – Jason Denison
3rd place – Michael Leddon
1st place – Ethan Sanders
2nd place – Tucker Rhodes
3rd place – Blayn Lucas
1st place – Steven Seitz
2nd place – Jacob Haynie
3rd place – Steven Holt
EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR COURSE (EVOC)
1st place – Blayn Lucas
2nd place – Steven Seitz
3rd place – Isom Wells
Over the next month the new troopers will begin reporting to their respective assignments across the state. They will receive an additional 6 – 12 weeks of instruction working alongside a Field Training Officer before being released from their training regimen.