New Trooper Class Celebrate Delayed Graduation Thursday

(KCCR) — As squeeks from their polished, shiny new leather duty gear echoed through the South Dakota Capitol Rotunda Thursday, nine freshly minted South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers gathered for a delayed graduation ceremony Thursday. Major Rick Miller told the family members in attendance to continue to support the troopers as they depart for duty stations across South Dakota…

“To the mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles and siblings.  These men need your support.  They need an ear to listen and they need your time.  Even if they say nothing at all, they need to know you are there.  If you promise me that you’re going to be there for them, I’ll promise  you this.  I’ll give these men the training and equipment to keep them safe and we will do everything in our power to bring them home safe after every shift.”

South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson told the troopers they will come to respect and understand their training even more once on patrol…

“Many of your hardest decisions are going to have to be made on your own and probably fairly instantaneous.  And at that point you’ll probably understand and appreciate the necessity of that 33 weeks of training.  You will, unfortunately have to see people at their worst, which may require you to be at your best.  It takes a delicate touch to assist them and yet enforce the laws you were sworn to uphold.”
Trooper Jordan Moses is a member of Class 61 and says becoming a trooper was not easy and it shouldn’t have been…

“We were chosen from a pool of over 150 applicants.  We started with 14, we watched that number dwindle down to 9, now we’re all here today; all 9 of us.  We learned from the mistakes of others, and…to be honest, like I said before…couldn’t have been a better group to go through it with and I thank you all for your time.  We have all shown our dedication to the profession and most importantly to those that we serve.  Today is the day to hold your chin up high, guys.  Be proud of what we’ve done.  We’ve made it Class 61.  We’re South Dakota State Troopers.”
The troopers were given their patrol vehicles early and put to work for last week’s blizzard. The nine are working at duty stations in Pierre, Presho, Mobridge, Aberdeen, Millbank and Belle Fourche.  Stationed in Pierre are Troopers Jordan Moses and Blake Ricthers.  The Presho trooper is Jordan Anderson.