10/10/17 – A Beaver Dam man is among 50 Wisconsin State Patrol recruits that have started a 26-week training program. Tzouken Yang is training at the State Patrol Academy in Fort McCoy and will graduate as either a trooper or inspector in March. Troopers generally patrol highways enforcing traffic safety laws and assisting stranded motorists. Inspectors have similar roles, but receive additional training related to state and federal motor carrier laws involving the mechanical components and drivers of large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles. In addition to Yang, other State Trooper trainees include Nathan Olson of Campbellsport and Anthony Westphal of Fond du Lac. Captain Paul Matl, Commander of the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, says cadets receive extensive training for traffic stops, pursuits, emergency vehicle operations, and firearms proficiency. The cadets also learn about communication skills, ethics, crash investigations, criminal and traffic law, as well as emergency lifesaving techniques. Matl says the comprehensive, academic and hands-on training prepares them for law enforcement careers at one of the seven State Patrol posts around Wisconsin.