(Columbus) A Columbus man was sworn into duty as part of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s 66th Recruit Class. A graduation ceremony was recently held for David Schwoerer, along with 41 others. The new officers had to complete 26 weeks of comprehensive training covering topics including traffic and criminal laws, emergency vehicle operations, firearm proficiency, crises management, and lifesaving skills. State patrol officers have a variety of roles from airplane and drone pilots to dignitary protection. They also support highway safety by enforcing traffic laws, helping stranded drivers, and work to combat illegal drugs and human trafficking. Governor Tony Evers, who joined the graduation ceremony, said the State patrol does important work to keep Wisconsinites and visitors safe as they travel. State Patrol Superintendent Anthony Burrell says it takes a unique individual to dedicate themselves to serving others and to put themselves in harm’s way to keep others safe. Schwoerer was assigned as a Columbia County trooper. Last year, Wisconsin State Patrol officers made more than 166-thousand traffic stops, provided help to more than 33-thousand drivers, and inspected almost 28-thousand vehicles.