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Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:00

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

 

Fresh from the 54th Basic Recruit Class of the Nebraska State Patrol’s graduation ceremony April 26 is State Trooper Bryan Walter, now of Imperial.

The 24-year old is riding with Field Training Officer Dan Thompson, also of Imperial. Walter will work with him on a six-month probation and on-the-job instruction period.

Thompson said people wonder if having two troopers stationed in Imperial means it has a high crime rate.

That’s not the case, Thompson noted. “A lot of people are under the assumption that we’re Chase County or Imperial troopers. We just live here.”

The two cover an area from the Colorado state line to Cambridge, and from the Kansas state line to Highway 23. Imperial is a central location for that patrol.

Walter’s chief duty will be traffic enforcement. He is among 13 recruits assigned to the Traffic Services Division, while four more were assigned to the Patrol’s Carrier Enforcement Division.

Walter graduated from Chambers High School in 2005. After receiving an Associates Degree in criminal justice from Central Community College in Grand Island, he performed an internship with the State Patrol, working with investigators in Troop C of Grand Island.

He found that interesting, so began pursuing a career in the State Patrol. Due to budgetary reasons, the State Patrol has been limiting its recruiting classes, so Walter wasn’t able to apply until June 2011.

In the meantime, he worked for his parents, who ranch near Chambers, and worked for Rasmussen Land Surveying in the same area.

As part of his training, Walter completed 24 weeks of training at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island, which involved 1,232 hours and 51 exams.

The trooper enjoys sports in his spare time.