6 new troopers arrive at Troop C
New Louisiana State Police troopers at Troop C, from left, are Jonathan James, Dustin Arabi, Todd McConnell, Justin Rice, Shane Tilford and Jarrod Miles.
GRAY — Louisiana State Police Troop C received six new troopers Tuesday as they reported to Troop C for their orientation.
The six troopers were among 46 cadets to have recently graduated The Louisiana State Police Training Academy as State Police Cadet Class 92 after a rigorous journey that began Jan. 12.
Cadets trained in areas such as crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, DWI detection, traffic incident management and leadership.
The graduation ceremonies were held last week in Baton Rouge as Gov. Bobby Jindal conducted the oath of office to the newly badged troopers in the Senate chambers of the Capitol.
The new troopers were each assigned a field training officer to help guide them as they make the transition out in the field. Upon completion of the field training officer program they will receive their shift assignments.
Capt. Darrin Naquin, Louisiana State Police Troop C captain, said, “These Troopers have all distinguished themselves during their 19 week training academy, and I am proud to welcome them to the Troop C family.”
The new troopers are:
Dusten Arabi of Thibodaux. Arabi worked for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office for six years and finished second in academics.
Jarrod Miles of Gonzales. Miles worked for the Shreveport Police Department for three years.
Shane Tilford of Kenner. Tilford worked for the Kenner Police Department for 14 years and received awards at graduation as the Top Shooter and the Doug Millet Award as the Top Overall Cadet.
Justin Rice of Kenner. Rice worked for the New Orleans Police Department for 11 years and received the Physical Fitness award at graduation.
Jonathan James of LaPlace. James worked as a Louisiana Department of Public Safety police officer for two years and won the award as the Top Driver during the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center training.
Todd McConnell of Metairie. McConnell worked for the Kenner Police Department for four years.