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Mississippi Highway Patrol graduates historic class of new troopers

MHP class 66
Photo courtesy of Mississippi DPS

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) graduated a historic class of new troopers on Friday.

What makes Cadet Class 66 one of a kind is that it is the first-ever MHP class completely made up of individuals with prior law enforcement experience.

“We’ll be adding 29 new state troopers to the ranks at the Mississippi Highway Patrol and we’re happy to have them on board,” Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Sean Tindell said.

With every new trooper already being a certified law enforcement officer, DPS and MHP officials were able to shorten the length of this year’s Trooper School.

“What we were able to do since they already had basic certifications is we had a shorter school than normal. It was 12 weeks instead of the normal 20 weeks,” Tindell explained. “We were able to get them through and take that prior experience and save some costs for the taxpayers of the state.”

The 29 new troopers will now go through the Field Training program before being released to patrol the state on their own.

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