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The newest member of the Scotland County law enforcement community will be commissioned with the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the latest graduating class of the department’s law enforcement academy this week.
Kurtis A. Hurley of Center, MO will be among the 21 graduates honored in a ceremony June 26th. He has been commissioned to serve Scotland and Clark counties in Zone 6 of Troop B.
Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced that 21 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, June 26, 2020. The ceremony is by invitation only due to the coronavirus guidelines, but will be available to the public and the media via Facebook live. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The 109th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on January 6, 2020, to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on July 13, 2020.
Four class awards will be presented. The recruits accumulate points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award. Award categories include physical fitness, firearms, academics, and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.
The names (hometowns) and first assignments of members of the 109th Recruit Class are listed below:
Jonathan R. Boydston (Kansas City, MO), Zone 2, Platte County; Kevin M. Cox (Peculiar, MO), Zone 11, Cass County
Margarito Gallo Mejia (Vail, IA), Zone 2, Platte County; Colin E. Osborne (Kirksville, MO), Zone 9, Lafayette County; Tanner L. Wallace (Ozark, MO), Zone 11, Cass County; Thomas J. Whitaker (Joplin, MO), Zone 12, Johnson County
Caleb L. Hirner (New London, MO), Zone 3, Chariton/Linn Counties; Kurtis A. Hurley (Center, MO), Zone 6, Clark/Scotland Counties
Mark D. Benson (Park Hills, MO), Zone 13, Jefferson County; Daniel M. Bochucinski (Plainfield, IL), Zone 19, Lincoln/Pike Counties; Zachary C. Crumley (Benton, MO), Zone 11, Franklin County
Curtis L. Schilling (Jackson, MO), Zone 8, St. Charles County; Ryan J. Steele (Arcadia, MO), Zone 10, Franklin County
David L. Brawley (Whitewater, MO), Zone 9, New Madrid/Pemiscot County; Joshua J. Schuenemeyer (Jackson, MO), Zone 7, Scott/Mississippi/New Madrid Counties
Kage W. Etherton (Aurora, MO), Zone 4, North Howell/Shannon Counties; Jacob J. Smith (Winona, MO), Zone 3, North Howell/Shannon Counties
Byron D. Hahn (Cameron, MO), Zone 3, Harrison/Gentry Counties; Aaron M. Mapel (St. Joseph, MO), Zone 2, Nodaway/Worth Counties
Justin D. Morrison (Springfield, MO), Zone 8, Laclede County; Colby B. Townsend (St. Louis, MO), Zone 3, Crawford County