Gov. Scott Walker
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Governor Walker Welcomes 37 New Officers to the Wisconsin State Patrol in La Crosse

“We stand in support of all those who serve in uniform, including these 37 new State Patrol troopers and inspectors.”

By - Mar 30th, 2018 02:35 pm

LA CROSSE – Governor Scott Walker today officially swore-in 37 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers during a graduation ceremony in La Crosse. Members of the State Patrol’s 63rd Recruit Class recently completed 26 weeks of comprehensive training that began September 24, 2017 at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy.

“We stand in support of all those who serve in uniform, including these 37 new State Patrol troopers and inspectors,” said Governor Walker. “The primary mission of these brave men and women is to ensure safe travel for Wisconsin families and commerce. Thank you for your service and commitment to our state.”

The recent graduates have been assigned to work from one of the State Patrol’s five regional posts across the state. A total of 29 will begin their service as troopers with eight working as inspectors. Six of the new officers are military veterans and three are women. Troopers generally patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors help enforce state and federal motor carrier safety regulations that impact large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles.

“We rely on our law enforcement professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during holidays, good and bad weather,” stated WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross. “I want to congratulate these recent graduates and recognize that we cannot thank them enough for choosing a career in law enforcement and keeping the roadways and all of us safe.”

Along with enforcing traffic and commercial motor vehicle laws, State Patrol officers fulfill many other roles such as crash reconstruction experts, airplane pilots, dignitary protection, K-9 or motorcycle officers. Last year, officers with the Wisconsin State Patrol made 245,099 traffic stops, handled 37,763 motorist assists, and inspected 37,082 commercial motor vehicles.

“To help ensure the safety of our officers and the citizens they serve, the Wisconsin State Patrol provides its troopers and inspectors some of the most comprehensive training offered in the nation,” said Captain Paul Matl, Commander of the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy. “The physical and academic training covers traffic and criminal laws, emergency vehicle operations and firearms proficiency, communication skills and crisis management, along with emergency lifesaving skills.”

The following is a list of the new officers, their hometowns, positions, county and region of assignment.

Wisconsin State Patrol 63rd Recruit Class

Graduate Hometown Classification Assignment
Michael Abrahamson Menasha, WI Trooper Brown County, SER
Trevor J. Aldrich Plover, WI Trooper Jefferson County, SWR
Jacob M. Anderson Sparta, WI Trooper St. Croix County, NWR
Michael R. Anderson Guttenberg, IA Trooper Sawyer County, NWR
Logan R. Christel Valders, WI Trooper Kewaunee County, NER
Lauren A. Christian Madison, WI Inspector Juneau County, SWR
Danny W. Daniels Oregon, IL Trooper Jefferson County, SWR
Landon D. Derginer Marinette, WI Trooper Brown County, NER
Anthony D. Fasula Amherst, WI Inspector Wood County, NCR
Thomas A. Fleming Big Lake, MN Inspector Superior SWEF, NWR
Cameron M. Garcia Eau Claire, WI Trooper Monroe County, SWR
Benjamin W. Hamilton Wausau, WI Trooper La Crosse County, SWR
Jeffrey W. Hill Monroe, WI Inspector Beloit SWEF, SWR
Caleb A. Hohensee Antigo, WI Trooper Oneida County, NCR
Brandon L. Howell Viroqua, WI Inspector Waushara County, NCR
Jordan T. Jones Green Bay, WI Trooper Monroe County, SWR
Ashley R. Kamps Waterford, WI Inspector Kenosha SWEF, SER
Carl N. Kent, II. Minocqua, WI Trooper Price County, NCR
Michael W. Kline Chippewa Falls, WI Trooper Jackson County, NWR
Robert P. Liddell Altoona, WI Trooper Jackson County, NWR
Phillip J. Martinez Port Edwards, WI Trooper Racine County, SER
Dragan Milisav Franklin, WI Inspector Kenosha SWEF, SER
Wyatt N. Miller Middleton, WI Trooper Sauk County, SWR
Zachary L. Mulholland Ladysmith, WI Trooper Rusk County, NWR
Alexander D. Murn Palmyra, WI Inspector Ozaukee County, SER
George Negron Hartford, CT Trooper Forest/Florence County, NCR
Patrick P. Newell Milwaukee, WI Trooper Kenosha County, SER
Nathan A. Olson Campbellsport, WI Trooper Fond du Lac County, NER
Joshua J. Pinkos Antigo, WI Trooper St. Croix County, NWR
Aaron S. Poehlman De Pere, WI Trooper Outagamie County, NER
Alexander D. Polizzi Lake Zurich, IL Trooper Jefferson County, SWR
Tyler P. Post Morris, IL Trooper Juneau County, SWR
Coady A. Schiltz Lyndon Station, WI Trooper Juneau County, SWR
Jeremiah K. Schummer Eau Claire, WI Trooper St. Croix County, NWR
Jared M. Vuksan Gladstone, MI Trooper La Crosse County, SWR
Anna M. Waterman Amery, WI Trooper Washburn County, NWR
Anthony M. Westphal Fond du Lac, WI Trooper Monroe County, NWR

SWR = Southwest Region
SER = Southeast Region
NER = Northeast Region
NCR = Northcentral Region
NWR = Northwest Region
SWEF = Safety and Weight Enforcement Facility

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