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New State Trooper Class Begins Journey

Nebraska State Patrol Good Life

JANUARY 2, 2024 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Seventeen new recruits have started their journey to becoming a Nebraska State Trooper. The recruits of the 69th Basic Recruit Class of the Nebraska State Patrol began training today at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.

“With the new year comes a new and exciting career for these recruits,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Nebraskans can be proud of these 17 for their commitment to service. During the next six months, our troopers will help them build the skills they need to put that attitude of service to great use in communities across our state.”

The recruits of Camp 69 are:
Gavin Boutin – Ogallala               Ryan Clark – Kearney                  Raul Clouse – Elwood
Thomas Fouquet – Omaha            Samuel Gustafson – Kearney       Ashley Jackson – Gering
Jordan Jones – Marienville, PA    David LaDuke – Alliance             Samantha Ligenza – Lincoln
Sinai Mandungu – Lincoln           Tomas Margritz – Kearney           Carissa Moore – Crete          
Bryce Smidt – Wayne                   Brian Smith – North Platte           Daniel Smith – Holdrege
Garrett Swantek – Gering             Seth Valverde – Lincoln

“These 17 recruits have started a rewarding and challenging journey to earn the title of Nebraska State Trooper,” said Captain Andy Ecklund, NSP Director of Training. “They will come together as a team as they undergo six months of intense training. By the time they graduate, they’ll be ready to serve the people of Nebraska with dedication and integrity.”

The Nebraska State Patrol basic recruit camp consists of hundreds of hours of classroom and practical instruction, including life-like scenarios designed to simulate situations troopers encounter while serving Nebraska. Camp 69 is scheduled to graduate on June 14, 2024.

Applications to join the next NSP class will open in February. Interested candidates can get information about the hiring process and connect with a trooper recruiter at