Fifty Wisconsin State Patrol recruits recently started a 26-week training program at the State Patrol Academy in Fort McCoy, including Janesville native Jordan Retzlaff.

The program will culminate in their graduation as troopers or inspectors on March 30, 2018.

Troopers generally patrol highways, enforcing traffic safety laws and assisting stranded motorists. Inspectors have similar roles but receive additional training on state and federal motor carrier laws involving the mechanical components and drivers of large trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles.

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