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RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 20 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 144th Basic Highway Patrol School.  The ceremony ended 15 weeks of rigorous training preparing them for a fulfilling career of service to the state of North Carolina.


The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m.  The oath of office was administered by Justice Paul M. Newby, Supreme Court of North Carolina.  Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance.


“As Troopers, we must continue to view our profession as an opportunity to demonstrate leadership through dedicated service in turn serving the citizens of North Carolina,”said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr.   “Remember what you’ve learned; use good judgment, don’t forget that effective communication is key and always apply ethics to your decision-making process.”


The cadets will report to their respective duty stations on Wednesday, June 13th to begin a demanding field training program.