- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - There are 56 new troopers ready to hit the road for the Florida Highway Patrol.

The troopers graduated during a ceremony in Tallahassee on Wednesday, following a 28-week of physical and classroom training.

The academy includes topics that include human relations, law, firearms, defensive tactics, vehicle operation and first aid. They also participated in community service activities, including blood drives and helping those with developmental disabilities.

The agency honored Trooper Juan Perez with the Executive Director’s award for having the highest grade point average. The Director’s Award was presented to Trooper Robert Davis for demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the program.

The graduates will report to their stations and work with a field training officer for up to 12 weeks before going on solo duty.

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