Montana Highway Patrol Commissions Nine New Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned nine new troopers today at the 65th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony. Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena.

In his remarks, Chief Deputy Attorney General Bennion reminded the graduates their skills and character will be put to the test, both on duty and off. “You must take all of this with the utmost seriousness, but do not fear. Just as steel is strengthened in the forge of fire, so will you be made better by challenge and adversity,” Bennion said. “And without a doubt, when you may not even know it, you will be making an impression on some young boy or girl to want to be here one day – graduating from training and heading out to the field,” Bennion added.

At the ceremony, four awards were presented:

Physical Fitness Award

Isaiah Webber

Awarded for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum in the 65th MHP Academy.

The Michael Haynes Memorial Grant

End of Watch: March 27, 2009

This grant is presented to: Brennen Plucker

This award was presented in loving memory of Trooper Michael W. Haynes – MHP 159 by his wife, Tawny Haynes.

Academic Award

Taylor Gagnon

Awarded for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum in the 65thMHP Academy.

Camp Commander Award

Isaiah H. Webber and Christopher Benson

Awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the Camp Commanders in the 65th MHP Academy.

Members of the 65th academy class include:

Jacob Ayers

Hometown: Frenchtown, Montana

Initial station: Sidney

Christopher Benson

Hometown: Hamilton, Montana

Initial station: Big Sky

Sam Eccles

Hometown: Helena, Montana

Initial station: Bozeman

T’Elle Evans

Hometown: Wolf Point, Montana

Initial station: Wolf Point

Taylor Gagnon

Hometown: Victor, Montana

Initial station: Bozeman

Eric Gardner

Hometown: Billings, Montana

Initial station: Billings

Cade Hill

Hometown: Taylorsville, Utah

Initial station: Havre

Brennen Plucker

Hometown: Bozeman, Montana

Initial station: Bozeman

Isaiah Webber

Hometown: Browning, Montana

Initial station: Cut Bank

On a related note, the Montana Highway Patrol will begin accepting applications for ten Trooper positions. Interested individuals should visit MHP’s website for further details and application instructions when this link is made active on March 4: 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.