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August 17, 2012

10 New Troopers Graduate from Highway Patrol’s 53rd Academy

Ten troopers have graduated from the 53rd Montana Highway Patrol Advanced Academy, Attorney General Steve Bullock and Patrol Col. Mike Tooley announced today.

At the graduation ceremony, Bullock congratulated the commitment each new trooper had made to working for the Patrol, noting that the class of 10 was selected from 391 applicants.

Seven of the graduating troopers will serve their initial assignments in Montana’s eastern and northern counties in response to the additional demands placed on law enforcement by the Bakken oil boom.

“At the Department of Justice, we recognize that the oil boom in eastern Montana and the influx of people and traffic it is bringing into the region are stretching local law enforcement agencies to capacity, so we are shifting resources to help keep people safe in their communities and on the roads,” Bullock said. “This graduating class will help get that done.”

The Patrol also had assigned six of the previous class that graduated in February to eastern Montana. Of these, three have transferred to other locations.

“With the seven new troopers we’re adding month, in total this year we’ve assigned 10 additional troopers to the eastern region,” Bullock said. “That should make a real difference on the ground to the support we can provide in this region.”

“One of our goals within the Patrol has been to reduce the amount of time people have to wait when we get a call for service,” Col. Tooley said. “With the surge of businesses and population coming into eastern Montana, seven members of this graduating class have been assigned to communities in that region so we can reduce wait times and do more to meet the growing public safety challenges in this area.”


The group began its training in April 2012 and, for entry-level applicants, totaled 20 weeks in all. Applicants who were already sworn officers began on June 25, 2012, and had eight weeks of advanced traffic enforcement training.

Following today’s swearing-in, the new troopers will participate in a nine-week field training program before assuming their initial station assignments.

Trooper Name City Initial Assignment
Tristan Brown Craigsville, WV Glendive
Luke Burson Spokane, WA Culbertson
Justin Ewing Boise, ID Terry
Geoff Groshelle Great Falls Havre
Steven Nard Torrington, WY Plentywood
Fiafia Seau Great Falls Havre
Eric Thoreson Big Sky Glendive
Anthony Jenson Victor Wolf Point
Shawn Silvan Rio Rancho, NMAnd Big Sandy, MT Superior

The Patrol will be accepting applications later this month. Information about joining the Montana Highway Patrol is available online on the Montana Department of Justice website at 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) 444-1963 or (406) 444-3259.