36 new SCHP troopers graduate
The South Carolina Highway Patrol has announced the graduation of 36 troopers from Highway Patrol Basic Class 91.
At a recent graduation ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley spoke to the graduates about leadership, ethics and the sacrifices of law enforcement and the military.
“With this uniform comes great responsibility,” Haley told the graduates. “You are a trooper in uniform and out … the person to your left and to your right are depending on you. I am one proud governor today and I know you are ready. You make us proud. Go out there and do what you are trained to do.”
SCDPS Director Leroy Smith: “These 36 newly trained troopers represent the future of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and they come at a critically important time when law enforcement is doing everything in our power to drive down fatality and DUI numbers.”
Basic 91 will bring the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 771. The troopers began training in July and have been trained by the Highway Patrol and Criminal Justice Academy over the past 21 weeks in all areas of law enforcement including DUI detection, traffic laws, collision investigation and the use of firearms.
This is the first time that troopers and State Transport Police officers, both SCDPS divisions, have trained side-by-side. The State Transport Police class graduated on Dec. 14 and has begun work.
In another first for the department, troopers trained in the field for three weeks beginning in November and then returned to the academy to continue specialized training before graduation.
Col. Mike Oliver is commander of the Highway Patrol.
“You will soon learn what it is like to be a trooper,” Oliver said. “The long hours of collision investigation and traffic enforcement are obvious and inevitable. You will feel the pride and accomplishment of knowing that the drunk driver you arrested will not hurt anyone tonight.
“But also, you will share the pain of a family as you deliver a death message to their door.”