State Patrol welcomes 38 officers

Shawano man among new troopers

Gov. Scott Walker participated in the swearing-in ceremony for 38 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers in La Crosse on July 1.

The group included Zachary J. Sincoular, of Shawano, a State Patrol trooper assigned to Marinette County.

The new officers began their training as cadets in the 61st recruit class at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy on Jan. 10. Their 25 weeks of training prepared them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in one of five regions around the state.

Troopers generally patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws, while inspectors focus primarily on enforcement of motor carrier (large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles) safety laws and regulations.

“Throughout their rigorous training, our newest officers displayed the mental, physical and emotional strength needed for the State Patrol’s traffic and public safety missions,” said Capt. Paul Matl, commander of the State Patrol Academy. “They successfully completed comprehensive training in an array of subjects including traffic and criminal law, firearms marksmanship, emergency vehicle operations, crisis management and traffic crash investigations. They will continue their training and education throughout their careers.”

Twelve of the new officers served in the military, and seven are women.

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