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A new Nebraska State Patrol officer will begin his duties in Antelope County this weekend.
Trooper Tyler Mann, who graduated from the Nebraska State Patrol Academy on Friday, has been assigned to Neligh as his duty station. He and his wife, Marissa, recently moved from Ravenna.
Mann was one of 14 recruits to graduate from the 59th Basic Recruit Class of the Nebraska State Patrol. He received his badge and was sworn-in as a Nebraska State Trooper during a ceremony at the state capitol in Lincoln. Mann was also awarded the Mark Williams Core Values Award, which is a recognition for leadership during the 22 weeks of training at the NSP academy in Grand Island. The award is given to the recruit who best exemplifies the core values of the Nebraska State Patrol and is voted on by those conducting the camp.
“It was a nice surprise,” he said of the award.
Born and raised in Papillion, Mann graduated from Platteview High School in 2003. He joined the U.S. Army a year before graduation and was deployed to Iraq twice during his enlistment. After getting out of the Army in 2014, Mann began working in the ag industry as a custom applicator. A few years later, he decided to change his career path.
“I kind of missed that service-oriented job and helping people,” Mann said. “And I missed the camaraderie I had in the Army.”
He applied to the Nebraska State Patrol, was accepted and entered its academy on May 7.
“I never applied anywhere else,” Mann said. “I liked their professionalism and the way they present themselves.”
He said his military background was an asset during his time in the state patrol academy.
“I knew what to expect and how to deal with certain things,” Mann said.
Now that he has graduated, he is ready to get to work.
“I’m excited to get started in my new career, and am very thankful we were fortunate enough to be stationed in such a community-oriented area,” Mann said. “My wife and I have grown up and lived in small, tight-knit communities our entire lives and love the fact that Neligh is no different. We look forward to getting to know the area, and more specifically, the people.”