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Papendorf joins Wisconsin State Patrol

Clintonville native becomes state trooper


Matthew Papendorf, of Clintonville, was among the Wisconsin State Patrol’s 68th recruit class who received their badges Thursday, June 29, at a graduation ceremony in Wisconsin Dells.

At the ceremony, Gov. Tony Evers thanked the new officers for choosing to dedicate their careers to public service.

“Committing to a life in law enforcement is a big sacrifice, but it will also open the door to an incredibly rewarding career in public service,” Gov. Evers said. “From helping a stranded driver with a flat tire to saving lives, always remember that the work you do matters in the lives of those that you serve.”

The new officers are an essential part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s law enforcement division. State Patrol officers serve in a variety of roles, including enforcement officers; inspectors; crash reconstruction experts; airplane and drone pilots; dignitary protection, K-9 and motorcycle officers.

“State Patrol officers have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our most difficult challenges,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “The new troopers’ work will help create safer communities. Every traffic stop, emergency response, inspection of a commercial motor vehicle, or casual interaction with the public, has the potential to save lives and bring change by connecting with the people of Wisconsin and helping them understand their role in transportation safety.”

The graduation ceremony was an opportunity to recognize the 26 weeks of training required to become a State Patrol officer. The cadets completed classroom and scenario courses at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy to meet state law enforcement training standards.

“In the past six months, the recruit class has proven they have what it takes to join our premier public safety agency. Each new officer was selected for this important role because they will uphold our core values when out promoting public safety,” State Patrol Superintendent Tim Carnahan said. “The new officers have made a pledge to always protect our communities and enforce our state laws; to lead with professionalism and compassion every day, both on and off duty.”

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