South Dakota Highway Patrol Recruit Graduation Friday

February 16, 2023

PIERRE, S.D. – Seven new South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper recruits officially graduate this Friday, Feb. 17, during a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda.

“This is a graduation ceremony in the truest sense because we are honoring the recruits for their hard work and commitment,” said Col. Rick Miller, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. “It takes almost a year from application through graduation. This is not an easy process, and they have earned the right to be a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper.”

Class 68 recruits and their duty stations are:

*** Trooper Parker Bailey, Sioux Falls

*** Trooper Joe Curtin, Lead

*** Trooper Randall Douvier, Pierre

*** Trooper Bo Fisher, Rapid City

*** Trooper Jordan High Elk, Plankinton

*** Trooper Ashley Hohn, Watertown

*** Trooper Jack Richardson, Pierre

Graduation ceremonies for Class 68 start at 10 a.m. Friday. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the Highway Patrol’s Facebook page.