Local cadets graduate OHP academy

Three local cadets were among the 61 announced by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to graduate from its 66th Academy on July 16.
Hunter White, Noe Martinez and Francisco Valdez will be joining troop F, which covers Murray and Garvin Counties.
The Academy started with ninety-seven (97) cadets on Feb. 28. The cadets underwent 20 weeks of intense training that included traffic and criminal law, arrest procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid and Spanish. They also received training in use of force, communication skills and de-escalation tactics, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction and physical fitness. Part of the Academy had to be conducted remotely because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Despite the challenges presented during this Academy and having to conduct a portion remotely, these cadets are graduating fully prepared to serve and protect our citizens on the roadways,” said OHP Chief, Colonel Brent Sugg. “We are extremely proud of them and the staff of this Academy for the way they’ve conducted themselves during uncertain times.”
This graduating class includes one female, one Black, five Hispanic, two American Indian, one Pacific Islander and one Asian Trooper.
There are five legacies graduating from this Academy. Four of the cadets have fathers who are/were Troopers and one cadet has both a father and grandfather who were OHP Troopers.
The graduation ceremony was held in a closed ceremony. Each cadet was allowed one guest to pin their badge during the ceremony. OHP limited other staff attending the ceremony and required those attending to wear masks.
Graduating cadets next enter the “break-in” phase of their training. They will ride with another Trooper for thirteen weeks before working the roads on their own.

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