Latest NSP Graduates Includes New Panhandle Trooper Posted by Deja Andersen Date: December 21, 2019 6 Views LINCOLN – The Nebraska State Patrol graduated its latest class of recruits yesterday morning with a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. The 9-member class completed 22 weeks of training at the State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island, extensive training that included hands-on experience as well as more than 1,000 hours of academic instruction. New trooper Steven Sosnowski, who came to the academy from Michigan, received the Superintendent’s Leadership Award while Travis Bacon of Kansas was honored with the Captain Mark Williams Core Values Award as well as the O. H. Witt Academic Award. Nathan Knudson of Omaha also received 2 honors – the R. J. Buchholz Physical Fitness Award and the D. R. Shearer Marksmanship Award. The new troopers been assigned to State Patrol troop areas throughout the state for 6 months of on-the-job instruction with veteran troopers in the field. One of them is from the Panhandle, Tristen Jackson of Oshkosh, and will begin his career in the Panhandle, working out of the Troop E detachment in Sidney.