LITTLE ROCK — Tyler Nelson, 24, a graduate of Alma High School was one of 36 Arkansas State Police Trooper recruits who graduated on July 18 and will be starting his new assignment within the department’s Highway Patrol Divison in the coming days.

He will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Crittenden County.

Upon reporting for duty at their respective troop headquarters, the new troopers will be placed with a certified departmental Field Training Officer (FTO).

The recruits initially reported to the Arkansas State Police Training Academy in Little Rock on Feb. 24, 2019, and have accumulated 1,127 hours of specialized training.

Jami Cook, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety addressed the recruits along with Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police. Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp administered the oath of the Arkansas state trooper to the recruit graduates.

Other dignitaries present for the ceremony included representatives of the Arkansas State Police Commission, state police deputy directors, and division, troop and company commanders assigned across the statewide department.

The graduates are filling highway patrol vacancies in 21 different Arkansas counties.