Fifty-two new Troopers are protecting the state's roadways. The Tennessee Department of Safety has graduated the 2005 class of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Among those graduating were Trooper William J. Head and Trooper Caleb D. Harper of Macon County.
The 2005 class, comprised of 48 men and four women, completed four months of extensive law enforcement training. Tennessee Department of Safety Commissioner Fred Phillips said, "Each recruit was schooled in criminal justice, firearms use, DUI detection, human relations and other skills necessary to properly perform the duties of a State Trooper. They are among some of the best trained officers in the nation, and they have joined one of the most professional law enforcement agencies anywhere."
Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony, held May 19, at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Donelson. Summers challenged the new officers to remember the trust given to them by the public. "Think of the letters T-H-P as standing for trust, honor and pride," Summers said. "By being trustworthy, you encourage people to go to someone in uniform when they need help. You must honor your profession, and you must be proud to put on that uniform every day."
Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Lynn Pitts said, "Tennesseans and visitors to our state depend on Troopers to keep the roads safe. These men and women have kept a grueling schedule to make it to graduation. The curriculum is tough, but those who are graduating today have succeeded and will now play an important role in protecting everyone in Tennessee."