Nebraska State Patrol celebrates new class of graduates

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska State Patrol swore in a new class of troopers Friday. The members of NSP’s 64th Basic Recruit Class received their badges and took the oath of office during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

“Graduation day is always special for our new troopers, their families, and the entire agency,” said Col. John Bolduc. “Today marks the end of training camp, but it’s just the beginning of what will be a career full of opportunity for the troopers of Camp 64. We’re eager for them to continue their training in the field, and to start to immerse themselves into the communities they’ll serve.”

The eight members of Camp 64 hail from numerous communities across Nebraska. The class completed 22 weeks of training at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.

The training included live-action, hands-on scenarios, as well as more than 1,000 hours of academic instruction.

The new troopers will now continue their training in the field, pairing with veteran troopers for the field training process.

Many of the recruits received awards for their work during training at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy.

Recruit Kathleen Shriver, of Omaha, received the Captain Mark Williams Core Values Award. Recruit Michael Kleich, of Scottsbluff, was presented the R.J. Buchholz Physical Fitness Award. Recruit Brady Tophoj, of Lewellen, was honored with the D.R. Shearer Marksmanship Award. Recruit Tyler Urbanec, of Omaha, received the O.H. Witt Academic Achievement Award. Recruit Bailey Nesbitt, of Lincoln, was presented the Superintendent’s Leadership Award.

Gov. Pete Ricketts and Col. Bolduc provided remarks during the ceremony, held in the rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol. Secretary of State Bob Evnen administered the oath of office.

“You are joining the premier law enforcement organization in the state of Nebraska,” Ricketts told the class during his graduation speech. “You have received the training that will prepare you to do your job, and it’s a special mission. The Nebraska State Patrol is an organization that exceeds and excels.”