BOISE -- 13 new state troopers were sworn in at the Idaho State Capitol Friday morning.

Troopers had to complete an 18-week training program at Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian.

They were put through intensive mental and physical training.

Michael Archer, who completed the 18-week course, says those who graduated will make outstanding state troopers.

"We started off with 17. Four didn't make it for various reasons because it was physically and mentally demanding class throughout the entire 18 weeks. But I believe all 13 who made it, truly deserved to make it and are going to make outstanding Idaho State Troopers."

The new officers will serve in one of six ISP districts throughout the state.