State adds new troopers to make Coast roads safer

Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Troop K works to keep the roads safe in all six coastal counties. Just like any job in law enforcement, the role of a state trooper comes with putting their own safety at risk.

Today, News 25’s Gina Tomlinson caught up with the new class of state troopers.

Jackson County native Josie Wells was killed in the line of duty in Baton Rouge three years ago. State Trooper Julian Wells said, “He was a real good person. Everyone loved him. He was always smiling and just had a great heart.”

Their brother’s death hasn’t stopped Julian and Jason Wells from taking jobs in law enforcement.  Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Jason Wells said, “His dream was for all of us to work together and we were just about to get to do that, you know what I’m saying, but then that happened.

Jackson County Trooper Julian Wells is part of the new class of 57 troopers that recently graduated from highway patrol. Seven of the troopers will be staying on the Coast to make our highways safer. State Trooper Thomas Hamilton said, “I’ve just always been interested in helping others and serving the community.”

Thomas Hamilton is one of the troopers ready after weeks of training at Highway Patrol substation Troop K. “The hardest thing I’ve ever done. It takes a toll on you, physically, mentally, it truly prepares you for this job out on the road.”

Jackson County went from having a shortage of state troopers to more than doubling up patrols. Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “It’s no secret that the highway patrol has been down for a number of years. It shows you that people still love law enforcement, young guys and girls still coming out.”

The new troopers will be making Mississippi safer and some like Julian Wells will be living on a legacy. “I became a trooper to help people. I want to protect and serve. I want to make a difference.”

If you want to apply to become a state trooper, applications are currently being accepted online or at any of the nine substations in Mississippi.

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