The Arkansas State Police commissioned 33 recruits who received their certified law enforcement certificates Thursday during a graduation ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol.

The new troopers will report to their Highway Patrol Division assignments across the state next month.

New troopers with South Arkansas connections or assignments:

Brian Palmer, 31, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop G, Columbia County. He is a graduate of Magnolia High School. He was third in his class in Firearms.

Hugo Meza, 35, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop F, Union County. He is a graduate of Prepa-Ameza High School and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Justin Parker, 33, 2020-A Recruit Class Leader, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop K, Garland County. He is a graduate of Lake Hamilton High School, Southern Arkansas Tech and the American Military University. Trooper Parker served as recruit class leader. He was second in his class in Physical Fitness.

Jeb Little, 26, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop A, Pulaski County. He is a graduate of Warren High School and Ouachita Baptist University.

Walker Morphis, 22, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop F, Chicot County. He is a graduate of Cornerstone Christian Academy and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Ian Nelson, 25, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop G, Little River County. He is a graduate of Valliant High School and Carl Albert State College in Oklahoma.

Matthew Walker, 24, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop A, Pulaski County. He is a graduate of the Camden Fairview High School and Southern Arkansas University Tech. He was second in his class in Firearms.

The recruits reported to the Arkansas State Police Training Academy at state police administrative headquarters on January 26 this year. Since that time the recruits accumulated more than 1,000 hours of specialized classroom and practical training.

Governor Asa Hutchinson; Jami Cook, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police each addressed the class during the ceremony. The recruits affirmed the Oath of Arkansas State Trooper to Judge Meredith B. Switzer of Hot Springs.

Upon reporting for duty at their respective troop headquarters, the new troopers will be placed with a certified departmental Field Training Officer (FTO). Each graduate will work in tandem with their respective FTO for a transitional period prior to being released to their assignment.

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