THP’s first-ever class of lateral officers graduates Friday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thirty-three new Tennessee state troopers will be on the job to keep you safe very soon.

The highway patrol’s first-ever class of all lateral troopers graduated on Friday. It means each one has worked in law enforcement before.

Col. Tracy Trott said their education was grueling, and the tests were physical, mental, academic, and emotional.

“Nothing was given. Everything was earned,” Col. Tracy Trott said of the class. “The payoff, however, is great to wear this uniform and represent this state and this organization is a feeling that’s hard to describe.”

Gov. Bill Haslam served as the key note speaker at Friday’s ceremony, which was held at Tulip Grove Baptist Church in Old Hickory.

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“The fact that each one of you would choose to do this means a lot,” Haslam told the graduates.

He referenced the tough weeks the state has been through recently—the tragic Chattanooga bus crash, the rash of severe storms that left people dead, and the devastating Sevier County wildfires—saying the Tennessee Highway Patrol was right there leading the effort each time.

“Not many men or women would do that, and the fact that you have raised your hand to do this for our state speaks volumes about who you are and your character,” Haslam noted.