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STATE POLICE ASSIGN 23 NEW TROOPERS TO HIGHWAY PATROL DUTIES ACROSS ARKANSAS

May 26, 2011 (LITTLE ROCK) – Twenty-three Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits graduated tonight during ceremonies at the Arkansas State Capitol. The recruits received the Oath of Commission from the Honorable Robert Edwards, Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial District. The recruit class initially reported for duty on January 9th and each class member has accumulated 1,047 hours of classroom studies and practical training. The recruits are eligible for 41 college credit hours toward a Criminal Justice degree from Black River Technical College at Pocahontas. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe was the keynote speaker addressing the graduates and Colonel JR Howard, Director of the Arkansas State Police, presented the new troopers their commissions. Other dignitaries present included representatives of the Arkansas State Police Commission. Graduates of the 2011 class are: • Steven R. Roberts, 40, of Forrest City, who served as Class Leader, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Phillips County. Recruit Roberts is a graduate of Forrest City High School. • Brian R. Burke, 30, of Haskell (Saline County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop H, Scott County. Recruit Burke is a graduate of Fordyce High School. • Byron L. Calhoun, 30, of North Little Rock, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop E, Lincoln County. Recruit Calhoun is a graduate of North Pulaski High School. • Jacob Y. Farnam, 23, of Perryville, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop A, Lonoke County. Recruit Farnam is a graduate of Perryville High School, and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. • Kerry Gandy, 27, of Conway, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop A, Pulaski County. Recruit Gandy is a graduate of Oak Grove High School (Pulaski County). • Christopher L. Garner, 38, of Hot Springs, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop K, Montgomery County. Recruit Garner is a graduate of Bismark High School and Park University, Parkville, Missouri. • Travis C. Hale, 22, of Mineral Springs (Howard County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop G, Hempstead County. Recruit Hale is a graduate of Mineral Springs High School. • Liz S. Hoffman, 26, of Little Rock, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop F, Drew County. Recruit Hoffman is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School and Drury University, Springfield, Missouri. • Kyle Jones, 26, of Nashville (Howard County, Arkansas), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop K, Pike County. Recruit Jones is a graduate of Dierks High School. • Brandon Love, 27, of Joiner (Mississippi County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Phillips County. Recruit Love is a graduate of Rivercrest (Mississippi County) High School. • Brandon M. Margis, 25, of El Dorado, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop H, Sebastian County. Recruit Margis is a graduate of El Dorado High School and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. • Jay B. McAllister, 24, of Van Buren, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop A, Lonoke County. Recruit McAllister is a graduate of Van Buren High School. • Jaran McCormick, 22, of Siloam Springs, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop H, Franklin County. Recruit McCormick is a graduate of Siloam Springs High School. • Tom McLean, 35, of Lincoln (Washington County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop L, Madison County. Recruit McLean is a graduate of Templeton High School, Templeton, California. • Clayton McWilliams, 24, of Waldo (Columbia County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop E, Desha County. Recruit McWilliams is a graduate of Magnolia High School and Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia. • Dustin Morgan, 35, of Paragould, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop C, Craighead County. Recruit Morgan is a graduate of Reed Point High School, Reed Point, Montana. • Nick S. Poulsen, 23, of Highland (Sharp County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop C, Mississippi County. Recruit Poulsen is a graduate of Highland High School. • Buster Rinks, 26, of Omaha (Boone County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop I, Searcy County. Recruit Rinks is a graduate of Hollister (Missouri) High School and the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri. • Harlee Keith Robinson, 33, of Pine Bluff, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop E, Jefferson County. Recruit Robinson is a graduate of Watson Chapel (Pine Bluff) High School. • Greg Rowland, 44, of Chesapeake, Virginia, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop F, Cleveland County. Recruit Rowland is a graduate of Sheridan High School. • Brandon L. Trewyn, 24, of Batesville, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop C, Mississippi County. Recruit Trewyn is a graduate of Southside (Batesville) High School and the University of Arkansas Community College (Batesville). • Scott Troy, 39, of DeValls Bluff, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Prairie County. Recruit Troy is a graduate of Clarendon High School. • Keenan K. Wallace, 27, of Twin Groves (Faulkner County), will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop H, Sebastian County. Recruit Wallace is a graduate of Guy-Perkins (Faulkner County) High School. Special recognition and 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 – Recruit Dustin Morgan 2nd place – Recruit Brian Burke 3rd place – Recruit Keenan Wallace • Physical Fitness 1st place – Recruit Keenan Wallace 2nd place – Recruit Brandon Love 3rd place – Recruit Kerry Gandy • EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) 1st place – Recruit Steven Roberts 2nd place – Recruit Nick Poulsen 3rd place – Recruit Brandon Margis • Firearms 1st place – Recruit Scott Troy 2nd place – Recruit Buster Rinks 3rd place – Recruit Nick Poulsen Upon reporting for duty at their respective troop headquarters, the new troopers will be placed with a certified departmental Field Training Officer (FTO). Each graduate will work in tandem with their respective FTO for a twelve week transitional period prior to being released to their assignment.