Trooper Cadets Cleared of Accusations

A state agency has cleared 32 of the 33 rookie state troopers fired last year for cheating on an exam.


Mike Ayers, director of the Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training Council, said they investigated the scandal that led to all 33 being fired.

“We found there was a breakdown in communication at the academy. There was really no intent to deceive or cheat by the vast majority,” he said.

An earlier state patrol investigation last year found that an instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth warned the state patrol cadets about the radar-gun test and told them, “Use your resources.” Some members of the class interpreted that as permission to collaborate and share answers on the test.

Ayers said their investigation did not clear one of the 33 troopers and two staff members at the training center. He would not comment on why, saying those three cases are still on appeal.

The scandal broke several months after the 33 cadets graduated and took state-patrol jobs across the state.