COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Highway Patrol has graduated 35 troopers from basic training — the first new class since May 2010.
The Highway Patrol says the rookies will report for duty Thursday and will bring the number of troopers to 810. The class began training in January.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley spoke to graduates Friday, telling them part of her job as governor is to make sure the patrol has the money it needs to keep troopers safe.
Patrol Col. Kenny Lancaster Jr. told graduates they will be held to a higher ethical standard than the general public and must protect the integrity of the force.
Trooper Christopher Quinn won two awards — one for character and dedication and the other for physical fitness. Stephen Southerland won the marksmanship award.
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