Forty cadets graduate from 61st OHP Academy
Graduation day for 40 new state troopers.
Chantz Jackson of Cushing says the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy can be a really rough experience.
"I'm in the Army. It was way worse than basic training, I will tell you that. The mental aspect was way worse," Jackson told KTOK.
Lisa Jorgensen of Oklahoma City said for eight years, she's worked other jobs at the Department of Public Safety.
"Having been around troopers, I learned what they did, how they did it and the standard they were held to. I wanted to be a part of that."
One of the proud parents at Thursday's graduation was state Representative Mike Ritze, of Broken Arrow. He says his son, James Ritze, has experience in law enforcement and wanted to be a trooper.
"Jamie always wanted to do that. He went to college and got a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice. Worked in law enforcement in Broken Arrow until he could get into the Highway Patrol academy," Ritze said.
The 61st Trooper Academy was dedicated to the memory of OHP Captain Pete Norwood, who passed away earlier this year.