Being A Tennessee State Trooper
My name is Julia Troxell and I live in Algood, TN. I have been a Tennessee State Trooper for the past five years. I serve the sixth district which includes Putnam county and fourteen surrounding counties. The county I primarily work in is Putnam on the midnight shift. The job is very stressful yet rewarding. From a very young age I always knew I wanted to be involved with law enforcement. I chose the highway patrol because in my eyes they are the elite. They are no better than any other law enforcement agency, however they are held to a higher standard in comparison with a city or county agency. Professionalism, integrity and pride are demanded of all troopers in the state of Tennessee. I am going to explain how I got to where I am and some of my duties and responsibilities on a daily basis. In order for me to get hired by the state of Tennessee, especially the Tennessee Highway Patrol, I had to be patient. The hiring process is long and tedious. There are lengthy applications, a difficult fitness test, physical and mental evaluations, and an in depth background check. If I am selected for hire after all of that, I would then go to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security training academy. The academy is located in Nashville, TN. The academy will be my home for the next eighteen weeks. Those eighteen weeks are pure hell. The instructors pushed me to my physical and mental limits. The weak individuals and individuals that aren’t willing to give their all get rooted out. In order to make it through the academy I had to want it. While at the academy I learned the fundamentals of being a trooper. I earned all of my certifications required to be a law enforcement officer. During the first two weeks of training I had no outside contact with the rest of the world. No phone calls, no internet access, and no going home. I was cut off from my friends and family completely. The first two weeks are without a doubt the...
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