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NEW STATE TROOPERS HEADED FOR SERVICE:  THIRTY-TWO RECRUITS GRADUATE IN CAPITOL ROTUNDA CEREMONIES

June 15, 2007 (LITTLE ROCK) - Thirty-two Arkansas State Police Academy Recruits graduated tonight in ceremonies at the Arkansas State Capitol. Each of the graduates has accumulated 41 college credit hours toward an associate degree in criminal justice through the Black River Technical College at Pocahontas. The recruits received a 23-week course of studies and practical exercises at the Arkansas State Police Training Academy located at the department’s Little Rock headquarters complex. The academy instructors have certified the graduates with 1,158 hours of law enforcement training. Governor Mike Beebe was the keynote speaker addressing the graduates and Arkansas State Police Director, Colonel Winford E. Phillips presented the new troopers their commissions. The oath of service for an Arkansas State Trooper was administered by Arkansas Supreme Court, Chief Justice Jim Hannah. The new troopers have been assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division. The graduates and their assignments are as follows: • 2007-A Class Leader, Chase Melder, 24, of Dardanelle (Yell County), will be assigned to Troop H (Crawford County). Trooper Melder is a graduate of Dardanelle High School and Arkansas Tech University. • Jay Bryan, 26, of Forrest City (St. Francis County), will be assigned to Troop D (St. Francis County). Trooper Bryan is a home schooled graduate. • Chad A. Conder, 31, of Pleasant Plains (Independence County), will be assigned to Troop B (White County). Trooper Conder is a graduate of Midland High School. • Brandon Cook, 42, of Violet Hill (Izard County), will be assigned to Troop I (Izard County). Trooper Cook is a graduate of Violet Hill High School, Christian Brothers University and Webster University at St. Louis, Missouri. • Byron Curry, 39, of Winnfield, Louisiana, will be assigned to Troop F (Bradley County). Trooper Curry is a graduate of Winnfield High School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. • Marcus Daniels, 25, of Little Rock (Pulaski County), will be assigned to Troop G (Nevada County). Trooper Daniels is a graduate of McClellan High School and the University of Central Arkansas. • Jason Davis, 30, of Marianna (Lee County), will be assigned to Troop L (Benton County). Trooper Davis is a graduate of Lee High School. • Aaron Easley, 24, of Emerson (Columbia County), will be assigned to Troop G (Lafayette County). Trooper Easley is a graduate of Emerson High School. • Hunter Glover, 34, of Dumas, Texas, will be assigned to Troop K (Montgomery County). Trooper Glover is a graduate of Dumas (Texas) High School. • Rustin Hitchcock, 22, of Greenbrier (Faulkner County), will be assigned to Troop A (Faulkner County). Trooper Hitchcock is a graduate of Greenbrier High School and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. • Scott Irvin, 43, of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), will be assigned to Troop E (Jefferson County). Trooper Irvin is a graduate of Watson Chapel Academy. • Gary Ladner, 29, of Bay (Craighead County) will be assigned to Troop D (Crittenden County). Trooper Ladner is a graduate of Bay High School. • Ronald Laslo, 39, of Mt. Clemens, Michigan will be assigned to Troop G (Hempstead County). Trooper Laslo is a graduate of Mt. Clemens (Michigan) High School. • Billy McCradic, 25, of Mammoth Spring (Fulton County), will be assigned to Troop E (Arkansas County). Trooper McCradic is a graduate of Mammoth Spring High School. • LeCury McCray, 27, of Altheimer (Jefferson County), will be assigned to Troop A (Pulaski County). Trooper McCray is a graduate of Altheimer High School. • Chad Maness, 32, of Russellville (Pope County), will be assigned to Troop K (Garland County). Trooper Maness is a graduate of Russellville High School. • Billy Martin, 22, of Harrison (Boone County), will be assigned to Troop I (Boone County). Trooper Martin is a graduate of Harrison High School. • Chris Martin, 22, of Huntsville (Madison County), will be assigned to Troop L (Washington County). Trooper Martin is a graduate of Huntsville High School. • Jason A. Martin, 29, of Arcata, California, will be assigned to Troop D (Monroe County). Trooper Martin is a graduate of Arcata (California) High School. • Todd Quick, 38, of Little Rock (Pulaski County), will be assigned to Troop A (Pulaski County). Trooper Quick is a graduate of McClellan High School and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. • Benjamin Rapert, 21, of Pocahontas (Randolph County), will be assigned to Troop B (Sharp County). Trooper Rapert is a graduate of Pocahontas High School. • Randy Rauls, 35, of Rison (Cleveland County), will be assigned to Troop L (Benton County). Trooper Rauls is a graduate of Woodlawn High School. • Michael Reed, 23, of Gould (Lincoln County), will be assigned to Troop K (Garland County). Trooper Reed is a graduate of Grace Christian Academy and Ouachita Technical College (Malvern). • Daniel Riley, 29, of Pleasant Plains (Independence County), will be assigned to Troop I (Baxter County). Trooper Riley is a graduate of Midland High School. • Michael A. Siller, 22, of Harrisburg (Poinsett County), will be assigned to Troop C (Poinsett County). Trooper Siller is a graduate of Harrisburg High School. • Drew Skaggs, 25, of Germantown, Tennessee, will be assigned to Troop C (Mississippi County). Trooper Skaggs is a graduate of Germantown High School. • William Summerville, 43, of Arkadelphia (Clark County), will be assigned to Troop F (Ashley County). Trooper Summerville is a graduate of Arkadelphia High School. • Keondrick Montez Thompson, 24, of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), will be assigned to Troop E (Desha County). Trooper Thompson is a graduate of Watson Chapel High School. • Jassen C. Travis, 33, of White Hall (Jefferson County), will be assigned to Troop E (Jefferson County). Trooper Travis is a graduate of White Hall High School. • David Tumey, 38, of Lake Village (Chicot County), will be assigned to Troop F (Ashley County). Trooper Tumey is a graduate of Lake Village High School. • Coty Wlliams, 21, of Calico Rock (Izard County), will be assigned to Troop I (Izard County). Trooper Williams is a graduate of Calico Rock High School. • Eric Wold, 26, of McAlester, Oklahoma, will be assigned to Troop H (Sebastian County). Trooper Wold is a graduate of McAlester (Oklahoma) High School and Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, Oklahoma). Class awards in the categories of academics, firearms, physical fitness and EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) were presented to the following class members: • Academics 1st place – Aaron Easley 2nd place – Randy Rauls 3rd place – Daniel Riley • Firearms 1st place – Chad Maness 2nd place – Michael Siller 3rd place – Drew Skaggs • Physical Fitness 1st place – Marcus Daniels 2nd place – LeCury McCray 3rd place – Eric Wold • EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Driving) 1st place – Roy Tumey 2nd place – Ronald Laslo 3rd place – Chris Martin Upon reporting to duty at local troop headquarters, the new troopers will be placed with a certified departmental Field Training Officer (FTO). The graduates will work in tandem with their FTO for a six-week transitional period prior to being released for duty in their respective assignments.