SCHP graduates 38 troopers

By: Special to The Union Times
Photo courtesy of the SC Highway Patrol The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation ceremonies last Tuesday for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104. The Basic 103 graduates are Allen, William B.; Beasley, Dustin M.; Blaney, Jason M.; Britt, Kipp M.; Chase, Robert G.; Cox, Garland D.; Crowe, Forest N.; Edwards, Jonathan A.; Flagler, Allen M.; Henderson, Justin R.; Lewis, Mark W.; McCallum, Sarah J.; McNeal, Jeremy R.; Miller, Earnest D.; Peppers, Kevin B.; Powell, Nathan E.; Redmond, Trinity L.; Rowell, Joseph L.; Siratt, Brandon T.; Turner, Allen M.; Webb, Daniel R.
Photo courtesy of the SC Highway Patrol The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation ceremonies last Tuesday for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104. The Basic 104 graduates are Clark-Kulis, Christopher J.; Degner, Cody M.; Frazier, Bentrice A.; Griffin, Antonio J.; Hamilton, Joseph A.; Krieger, Matthew C.; Lowery, Michael A.; Marlin, D’Andre D.; McManus, Barry Mundy, John C. Jr.; Murray, Shawn M.; Price, James W. Jr.; Ryan, Asheton R.; Snell, Alante T.; Threatt, Haeden A.; Vaughan, Jordan S.; Watson, John R.

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation ceremonies last Tuesday for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104.

These are the first classes to graduate under the new training program, which began in December 2017. The new training process has enhanced the application process and offers more frequent, ongoing opportunities for applicants to begin their training to become a South Carolina State Trooper.

Gov. Henry McMaster thanked the graduates for choosing this career path and for their willingness to serve and protect the state.

“It is with great appreciation and pride that I look at you because the Highway Patrol is usually the most visible of all the enforcement agencies,” said Gov. Henry D. McMaster. “I just wonder what it would be like in South Carolina if this room were empty today, if we did not have the men and women who were willing to do what you are willing to do.”

The graduation of Basic 103 and 104 brings the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 785 (including today’s graduates) and another 47 troopers are currently in training. The class includes 29 prior-certified officers and nine troopers who are new to the law enforcement profession.

“These 38 new troopers join the Highway Patrol at an exciting time when we are making advances in technology; expanding efforts to fight drug trafficking in our state; and training and equipping our troopers to face the new realities in the world of law enforcement,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith.

Troopers are assigned to areas based upon population, calls for service, and the number of licensed drivers/registered vehicles in an area. The troopers from Basic 103 and 104 are designated to the counties found in the link above, along with their Troop assignments and photos.

SCHP Col. Chris Williamson encouraged the graduates to remember their Oath of Office long after graduation day.

“We act with the authority afforded us by the people we have pledged to serve and protect,” Williamson told the graduates. “Consider your oath daily as you go about conducting your law enforcement activities. Reflect on your core values of Selfless Service. Integrity and Responsibility.”

Basic Class 103 Graduates

• Allen, William B.

• Beasley, Dustin M.

• Blaney, Jason M.

• Britt, Kipp M.

• Chase, Robert G.

• Cox, Garland D.

• Crowe, Forest N.

• Edwards, Jonathan A.

• Flagler, Allen M.

• Henderson, Justin R.

• Lewis, Mark W.

• McCallum, Sarah J.

• McNeal, Jeremy R.

• Miller, Earnest D.

• Peppers, Kevin B.

• Powell, Nathan E.

• Redmond, Trinity L.

• Rowell, Joseph L.

• Siratt, Brandon T.

• Turner, Allen M.

• Webb, Daniel R.

Congratulations to:

Winner of the Israel Brooks Jr. Physical Fitness Award: Jason M. Blaney, Hometown: Tampa, FL; County of Assignment: Troop 1/Post C. Presented to the trooper who excelled on the physical training test and excelled each day during the early morning exercises.

Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award: William B. Allen, Hometown: Lexington, SC; County of Assignment: Troop 1/Post D. Presented to the trooper who had the best marksmanship during firearms training.

Winner of the Colonel P.F. Thompson Outstanding Achievement Award: Jason M. Blaney, Hometown: Tampa, FL; County of Assignment: Troop 1/Post C. Presented for the trooper who displays the character and dedication symbolic of former Highway Patrol Colonel P.F. Thompson, the longest serving Patrol commander.

Basic Class 104 Graduates

• Clark-Kulis, Christopher J.

• Degner, Cody M.

• Frazier, Bentrice A.

• Griffin, Antonio J.

• Hamilton, Joseph A.

• Krieger, Matthew C.

• Lowery, Michael A.

• Marlin, D’Andre D.

• McManus, Barry

• Mundy, John C. Jr.

• Murray, Shawn M.

• Price, James W. Jr.

• Ryan, Asheton R.

• Snell, Alante T.

• Threatt, Haeden A.

• Vaughan, Jordan S.

• Watson, John R.

Congratulations to:

Winner of the Israel Brooks Jr. Physical Fitness Award: Jordan S. Vaughn, Hometown: Galax, VA ; County of Assignment: Troop 1/Post D. Presented to the trooper who excelled on the physical training test and excelled each day during the early morning exercises.

Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award: Jordan S. Vaughn, Hometown: Galax, VA; County of Assignment: Troop 1/Post D. Presented to the trooper who had the best marksmanship during firearms training.

Winner of the Colonel P.F. Thompson Outstanding Achievement Award: Matthew C. Krieger, Hometown: Fort Mill, SC ; County of Assignment: Troop 5 / Post D. Presented for the trooper who displays the character and dedication symbolic of former Highway Patrol Colonel P.F. Thompson, the longest serving Patrol commander.

For those interested in joining SCHP, please check out the qualifications at http://www.scdps.gov/sctrooper/.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, Immigration Enforcement Unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Our mission is to ensure public safety by protecting and serving the people of South Carolina and its visitors. www.scdps.gov.

Photo courtesy of the SC Highway Patrol The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation ceremonies last Tuesday for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104. The Basic 103 graduates are Allen, William B.; Beasley, Dustin M.; Blaney, Jason M.; Britt, Kipp M.; Chase, Robert G.; Cox, Garland D.; Crowe, Forest N.; Edwards, Jonathan A.; Flagler, Allen M.; Henderson, Justin R.; Lewis, Mark W.; McCallum, Sarah J.; McNeal, Jeremy R.; Miller, Earnest D.; Peppers, Kevin B.; Powell, Nathan E.; Redmond, Trinity L.; Rowell, Joseph L.; Siratt, Brandon T.; Turner, Allen M.; Webb, Daniel R.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_image003.jpgPhoto courtesy of the SC Highway Patrol The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation ceremonies last Tuesday for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104. The Basic 103 graduates are Allen, William B.; Beasley, Dustin M.; Blaney, Jason M.; Britt, Kipp M.; Chase, Robert G.; Cox, Garland D.; Crowe, Forest N.; Edwards, Jonathan A.; Flagler, Allen M.; Henderson, Justin R.; Lewis, Mark W.; McCallum, Sarah J.; McNeal, Jeremy R.; Miller, Earnest D.; Peppers, Kevin B.; Powell, Nathan E.; Redmond, Trinity L.; Rowell, Joseph L.; Siratt, Brandon T.; Turner, Allen M.; Webb, Daniel R.

Photo courtesy of the SC Highway Patrol The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation ceremonies last Tuesday for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104. The Basic 104 graduates are Clark-Kulis, Christopher J.; Degner, Cody M.; Frazier, Bentrice A.; Griffin, Antonio J.; Hamilton, Joseph A.; Krieger, Matthew C.; Lowery, Michael A.; Marlin, D’Andre D.; McManus, Barry Mundy, John C. Jr.; Murray, Shawn M.; Price, James W. Jr.; Ryan, Asheton R.; Snell, Alante T.; Threatt, Haeden A.; Vaughan, Jordan S.; Watson, John R.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_image005.jpgPhoto courtesy of the SC Highway Patrol The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation ceremonies last Tuesday for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104. The Basic 104 graduates are Clark-Kulis, Christopher J.; Degner, Cody M.; Frazier, Bentrice A.; Griffin, Antonio J.; Hamilton, Joseph A.; Krieger, Matthew C.; Lowery, Michael A.; Marlin, D’Andre D.; McManus, Barry Mundy, John C. Jr.; Murray, Shawn M.; Price, James W. Jr.; Ryan, Asheton R.; Snell, Alante T.; Threatt, Haeden A.; Vaughan, Jordan S.; Watson, John R.

Special to The Union Times