Montana Highway Patrol Commissions Six New Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned six new troopers today at the 64th  Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony.  Attorney General Tim Fox addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Delta Colonial Hotel in Helena.

In his remarks, Attorney General Fox reminded the new troopers of Patrol’s 83-year history and the important role it continues to play in keeping the public safe.  “Your heritage is rooted in the earliest days of Montana, when the law and order that we take for granted did not exist,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “The dangers on our highways today are not the same as they were then, but now as then, the lives and safety of Montanans depends on you. Your conduct, your decisions, your training, can be the difference between life and death,” Fox added.

At the ceremony, four awards were presented:

Physical Fitness Award
Casey L. Graff
Awarded for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum in the 64th MHP Academy.

The Michael Haynes Memorial Grant
End of Watch:  March 27, 2009
This grant is presented to:  Andrew J. Barbera
This award was presented in loving memory of Trooper Michael W. Haynes – MHP 159 by his wife, Tawny Haynes.

Academic Award
Andrew J. Barbera
Awarded for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum in the 64thMHP Academy.

Camp Commander Award
Martin Corona
Awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the Camp Commanders in the 64th MHP Academy.

Members of the 64th academy class include:

Andrew Barbera 
Hometown:  Hamilton, Montana
Initial Station:  Red Lodge

Martin Corona  
Hometown:  San Jose, California
Initial Station:   Bozeman

Julian Gallegos 
Hometown:  Polson, Montana
Initial Station:  Bozeman

Casey Graff  
Hometown:  Troy, Montana
Initial Station:  Billings

Tyler Heller 
Hometown:  Helena, Montana
Initial Station:  Billings

Lane Knows His Gun  
Hometown:  Colstrip, Montana
Initial Station:  Sidney

On a related note, the Montana Highway Patrol will begin accepting applications for ten open Trooper positions.  Interested individuals should visit MHP’s website for further details and application instructions when this link is made active on September 10:  https://dojmt.gov/highwaypatrol/.  For more information about the Trooper selection process and requirements, contact MHP at 1-(877) 8-PATROL toll-free or (406) 444-3259.