Twelve new highway patrol troopers, nine in Western North Dakota and four to come


Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley today congratulated the latest graduates of the North Dakota Highway Patrol Training Academy.  A graduation ceremony was held at the R.J. Bohn National Guard Armory in Bismarck in honor of 12 new troopers who have successfully completed 25 weeks of extensive training.

Governor Jack Dalrymple has directed the Highway Patrol to station an additional 13 troopers in western North Dakota. The region’s growing traffic requires the state to enhance its public safety presence, Dalrymple said.

Following today’s graduation, nine additional troopers will be stationed in western North Dakota, to be followed by another four troopers who will complete training in July.  With new troopers, the Highway Patrol will have 69 sworn officers serving in western North Dakota.

“As North Dakota’s economy continues to grow, the North Dakota Highway Patrol’s role becomes even more important to ensure the continued safety of our communities and roadways,” Wrigley told the new troopers and others who attended Thursday’s graduation. “Our commitment to public safety will never waiver.”

Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle administered the new trooper’s oath to serve and protect. Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. James Prochniak also spoke during the ceremony and congratulated his newest troopers for their successful training and commitment to North Dakota.  The new troopers also will complete eight weeks of in-field training, Prochniak said.

“Our Law Enforcement Training Academy provides a foundation for successful careers in law enforcement,” Prochniak said. “Their mission is clear and their motivation to serve is strong.”

Source: Office of Governor Dalrymple