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Friday, 04 August 2017 members of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums were honored to participate in the gradution ceremonies for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol 141st Basic Patrol School graduation. The graduation ends 30-weeks of extensive academic and physical training.

The band is privileged to rehearse weekly on the grounds of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in Raleigh – and we hope we didn’t distract these recruits during their journey to become troopers with our weekly band practices.   We wish all of these newly minted State Troopers success and safety in the years of service aheadbe careful out there…

Thank you to our band members
who took time out of their day to play at this event.


Sharing this information from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety press release:

The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 48 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 141st basic highway patrol school. The celebration ended 29 weeks of extensive academic and physical training.

The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m. The oath of office was administered by Judge Wanda G. Bryant, North Carolina Court of Appeals. Pamela Cashwell, Chief Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks.

Never slacken in your devotion to serving this great state. Remember, you chose this career primarily to help others, reduce collisions and make the highways of North Carolina as safe as possible,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill Jr. “As we send these men and women on their new journey, our entire agency shares in the excitement they have for wanting to serve the citizens of North Carolina.”

The cadets will report to their respective duty stations on Wednesday, August 23rd to begin a rigorous field training program.

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