FHP graduates 54 new troopers

FHP Trooper graduation

SARASOTA (WWSB) - There are more than four dozen new pairs of eyes making sure there is excess speeding on Florida roadways.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) graduated 54 new troopers Friday, as part of its 141st class. The cadets trained for 29 weeks to earn their badges.

Governor Ron DeSantis congratulated the graduating class, reminding them that they will likely face stressful situations in the coming years.

“It’s been a busy couple of years for the state of Florida, with the things we have had to contend with," DeSantis said. "You very well may be called into action after a hurricane or after some type of emergency situation.”

Statewide, there are more than 1700 sworn FHP Officers, which is now in its 80th year of existence.

“All those days and nights that our troopers put on their bullet-proof vests, strap on their gun belts and walk out their doors, they are leaving the safety and comfort of their homes," FHP Director Col. Gene Spaulding said. "They are not there with their families for the holiday dinners, the weekends and the family get-togethers.”

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