Montana Highway Patrol Commissions 12 New Troopers
HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned 12 new troopers at a graduation ceremony held at the Civic Center in Helena on Thursday. Attorney General Austin Knudsen and MHP Colonel Steve Lavin addressed the graduates at the event before their badges were pinned and they were sworn in to their new positions as Highway Patrol Troopers.
“You will be responsible for whether the people you encounter can enjoy their freedoms in this special place we call home,” Attorney General Knudsen said. “Unfortunately, crime knows no boundaries, and criminals are growing bolder every day. You will be on the front lines protecting Montanans from dangerous criminals and keeping our communities safe.”
The new troopers went through a rigorous training schedule over the past 23 weeks. Five of the 12 troopers are from Montana and the other six came from out of state (a full roster is included below).
“It’s a privilege to welcome these new troopers to our ranks. They were chosen from hundreds of applicants for their upstanding character, professionalism, and sense of duty. I look forward to the good works they will do for Montana,” Colonel Lavin said.
The Montana Highway Patrol is currently recruiting for trooper positions through October 1, 2021. For more information on the recruitment process contact Kristi Skaalure at 406-444-3259.
Name Hometown Initial Station
Jonathan Church Adna, Washington Billings
Jeffrey Clinton Bozeman, Montana Bozeman
Peter Ebert Toquerville, Utah Helena
Judah Hartenstein Liberty Township, Ohio Missoula
Tanner Hyyppa Helena, Montana Helena
Adam James Grove City, Ohio Helena
Aaron Luna Big Fork, Montana Big Fork
Luke McKinney Castle Rock, Colorado Billings
Steven Van Deusen Madison, Connecticut Glasgow
Donovan Van Note Missoula, Montana Missoula
Duane Young Billings, Montana Billings
Libby Zinke Bismarck, North Dakota Superior