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January 22, 2010

Montana Highway Patrol Graduates its 50th Advanced Academy

HELENA – Nine law enforcement officers have graduated from the 50th Montana Highway Patrol Advanced Academy, Attorney General Steve Bullock and Patrol Col. Mike Tooley announced today.

In his remarks, Bullock noted that former Patrol Col. Robert Griffith, who died last weekend, had dedicated 40 years of his life to the agency.

“As troopers, you would do well to pick up the path where Griff left off,” Bullock said. “Troopers and civilian Patrol staff alike stay with the Patrol and make it their life’s work because they have a genuine opportunity to make a difference for the people of our state.”

To become Highway Patrol troopers, individuals must first complete basic training before attending the six-week Advanced Academy and completing over 300 hours of additional training in topics and laws specifically related to traffic enforcement.

“Montanans have a Highway Patrol they can be proud of,” Col. Tooley said, “and this graduating class is a valuable addition to our agency.”

Information about joining the Montana Highway Patrol is available online on the Montana Department of Justice website, or contact the Montana Highway Patrol recruitment office for more information and ask to be placed on the recruitment mailing list:, (877) 8-PATROL toll free, (406) 444-3284 or (406) 444-3259.


Zechariah D. Browning of Livingston, assigned to Miles City
Joshua D. Clark of Cloverdale, Indiana, assigned to Libby
Steven T. Herman of Kalispell, assigned to Kalispell
Andrew G. Horton of Columbia Falls, assigned to Polson
Michael B. Howell of Willmar, Minnesota, assigned to Havre
Donald S. Lee of Great Falls, assigned to Havre
Dagan S. Lynch of Missoula, assigned to Polson
Cody J. Ruane of Butte, assigned to Havre
Brandon J. Uhl of Kersey, Pennsylvania, assigned to West Yellowstone

*Additional information on class awards (added January 26, 2010):

Browning earned the Distinguished Graduate award for achieving the highest overall ranking in the Advanced Course. Herman received the Camp Commander award for “exemplary standards and performance,” and Ruane was recognized for outstanding academic achievement.

Ruane was also honored with the first Trooper Michael W. Haynes Award, which was created and presented by Trooper Haynes’ widow, Tawny, in honor of her husband’s dedication to the Patrol and to public safety.

“It is my hope that this award will be a lasting reminder of the service and sacrifice of my husband, Michael. He served his country and his community with integrity and honor, with humor and a strong sense of duty,” Haynes said. “It is my desire that this award be in recognition of those qualities and values, and be an acknowledgment of seeing them in another Trooper.”