NSP Graduates 65th Class Of State Troopers; Papillion Native Assigned To Broken Bow

A new class of Nebraska State Troopers was sworn-in on Friday, December 17 and is ready to begin their careers serving Nebraska. The members of the 65th Basic Recruit Class in Nebraska State Patrol history received their badges and took the oath of office at the State Capitol.

“Every graduation marks a milestone, not only for our new troopers, but for our entire agency,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “These new troopers join a proud history of dedication to public service that is on display every day across Nebraska. They are well trained and eager to serve. We are proud to have them join our team.”

The thirteen members of Camp 65 come to NSP from communities across Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. The newly sworn-in troopers have completed 22 weeks of intense training, including extensive live-action training scenarios and rigorous academic instruction. Their training now continues in the field, pairing with veteran troopers in the field training process.

Outstanding performance in several areas of training was recognized with awards during the graduation ceremony. Recruit Mara Tighe, of Norfolk, received the Captain Mark Williams Core Values Award. Recruit Philip Parish, of North Platte, received the Superintendent’s Leadership Award, as well as the O. H. Witt Academic Achievement Award. Recruit Griffen Vater, of Beatrice, was honored with the R. J. Buchholz Physical Fitness Award, as well as the D. R. Shearer Marksmanship Award.

Governor Pete Ricketts and Attorney General Doug Peterson provided remarks during the graduation ceremony, held in the rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol. Secretary of State Bob Evnen administered the oath of office.

“I can’t think of a more noble calling than serving the people of Nebraska, this great state,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “You are joining the premiere law enforcement organization in the state of Nebraska and you have just attended an academy that is one of the most rigorous in the nation, and you’ve succeeded. You should be very proud of those accomplishments.”

The graduates of Camp 65 are:

Name Hometown Badge Duty Station
Moamal Ali Lincoln, NE 229 Kearney
Michael Blazek Malta, IL 11 Beatrice
Dylan Duhsmann West Point, NE 17 Columbus
Ryan Edmondson Pacific Junction, IA 111 Nebraska City
Sarah Evans Le Mars, IA 186 Omaha
Regan Holst Missouri Valley, IA 358 Beatrice
Colton Kirkendall Smithland, IA 368 South Sioux City
Logan Miller Papillion, NE 386 Broken Bow
Philip Parish North Platte, NE 428 North Platte
Jaquelline Rivas Grand Island, NE 442 Grand Island
Mara Tighe Norfolk, NE 421 Columbus
Griffen Vater Beatrice, NE 443 Beatrice
Brady Wallace Scottsbluff, NE 182 Scottsbluff

NSP is currently accepting applications to become a trooper. Anyone interested in a rewarding career serving the people of Nebraska can apply at nsp.ne.gov/apply and get more information about the hiring process, the training provided to recruits, and the benefits of becoming a trooper by visiting NebraskaTroopers.com.