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Wisconsin State Patrol welcomes 47 new officers to its ranks

MADISON –— After 23 weeks of intense training, 47 cadets were sworn in and received their badges as Wisconsin State Patrol officers during a graduation ceremony in Madison on Friday, Dec. 19.  Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Among the members of the Wisconsin State Patrol 60th Recruit Class (July 13 to December 19, 2014) State Patrol Academy was Kong Lor of Elk Mound, WI.

Cadets in the 60th Recruit Class began their training at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, located at Fort McCoy, on July 13. Their training has prepared them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in one of five regions in the state.  Troopers generally patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors focus primarily on enforcement of safety laws and regulations governing commercial motor vehicles, such as large trucks and buses.

“Throughout their rigorous training as cadets, our newest officers displayed the mental, physical, and emotional strength needed for the State Patrol’s traffic and public safety missions,” said Capt. Gerald Voight, commander of the State Patrol Academy. “They completed comprehensive classroom and hands-on training in an array of subjects, including traffic and criminal law, firearms marksmanship, emergency vehicle operations, crisis management and traffic crash investigations.  The state requires at least 520 hours of training to earn certification as a law enforcement officer.  However, our cadets received more than 800 hours of training before graduation, and they will continue their training and education throughout their careers.”