SDHP graduates 11 new troopers

COURTESY PHOTOS Trooper Feistner, left, and Trooper Webster were part of the Nov 12 graduation ceremony of the SD Highway Patrol.

PIERRE — Eleven South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper recruits graduated Nov. 12 at ceremonies held in Fort Pierre.

Graduation ceremonies for Class 65 start were held at the Drifters Conference Center in Fort Pierre.
Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden was the keynote speaker.

“This class is a mixture of recruits who already had law enforcement experience and others who are brand new,” said Col. Rick Miller, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. “They all bring different levels of experience and training that will serve them well as troopers.”

Among the graduates are two new patrol officers for the Heartland region.

Trooper Trent Feistner has Wessington Springs as his duty station. Feistner is a Woonsocket native.

Trooper Rylan Webster has been posted to De Smet.

Other Class 65 recruits and their duty stations are:
Connor Campbell, Freeman; Anthony Curry, Hot Springs; Terrance Davis, Sioux Falls; Nicholas Gallo, Custer; Jamie Hall, Vermillion; Trent Knuppe, Salem; David LaGroue, Madison; Samuel McCue, Spearfish and  Ryan Serr, Bison.

The recruits with previous law enforcement experience have already been on duty for a few weeks. The other recruits received their Highway Patrol vehicles last week and reported to their duty stations following graduation.

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