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State Police hold annual retirement, promotion ceremony

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State Police held the annual Retirement and Promotional Ceremony in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy Auditorium Thursday.

“This is our time to honor those men and women who have dedicated their lives to making this state a better place to live,” Trooper Russell Graham said in a news release. “We want to recognize these devoted individuals for their many years of courage, loyalty and selfless service to the State of Louisiana.”  

Among those honored are 33 veteran Troopers, one DPS Officer and eight civilian employees who have recently retired after years of dedication to protecting and serving the citizens of this state.

“Their contributions to this agency and to the citizens of this state have had a hugely positive impact,” Graham said. “While we are honoring those troopers who are leaving us, we would also like to recognize the men and women of the Louisiana State Police who are stepping up to take their place as new leaders.”

Thirty-two Troopers will be formally promoted to new positions as leaders and administrators.

“They are the future of the Louisiana State Police,” he said. “They will ensure our agency moves forward with its long-standing tradition of professional excellence and service to the citizens of Louisiana.”