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Your chances of getting pulled over in Wichita by a state trooper just increased

Watch a Kansas trooper rescue a man from a burning semi truck

Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Raul Carrillo rescued a man in a burning semi truck on the Kansas Turnpike Feb. 21, 2018. Carillo was honored with the Governor's Award for Valor on April 12, 2018.
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Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Raul Carrillo rescued a man in a burning semi truck on the Kansas Turnpike Feb. 21, 2018. Carillo was honored with the Governor's Award for Valor on April 12, 2018.

If you drive in the Wichita area and tend to speed, you may want to buckle up and slow down.

Five more state troopers are being sent to patrol highways and other roads in Sedgwick County after their graduation Thursday. The new troopers are part of a class of 24 graduating from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy in Salina, Technical Trooper Ben Gardner said in a release.

More of the new troopers are being sent to the Wichita area than anywhere else in the state. Another trooper is being stationed in Reno County, and two more based in El Dorado will patrol the Kansas Turnpike.

The recruit class started its 23 weeks of training in July, and the new troopers will now go through field training.

When the highway patrol added 38 state troopers in March after a previous academy class graduation, eight came to Wichita.

In July, Wichita police had 20 new officers and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office had nine new deputies graduate from their academy. The sheriff’s office will add 18 new detention deputies after a graduation ceremony on Thursday.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner speaks about the sentencing of Steven Johnson on murder and manslaughter charges after the DUI crash that killed Jessica, Jaydon and Leah Thompson in a video posted to his Twitter account on June 1, 2018.

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Jason Tidd is a reporter at The Wichita Eagle covering breaking news, crime and courts.


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