Virginia State Police graduates 44 new troopers

Virginia State Police graduates 44 new troopers
Virginia State Police uniform patch (Source: WHSV)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - More than 40 men and women will go on to become part of the Virginia State Police force after a virtual ceremony on Friday.

Forty-four troopers graduated from VSP’s 132nd Basic Session, a training course which lasts 27 weeks.

State police executive staff, academy staff and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran also attended the Jan. 15 ceremony.

“This Basic Session class has been like no other. Every one of these steadfast men and women heeded strict attention to detail as they navigated the ever-evolving COVID-19 safety protocols,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “The attention to detail wasn’t just to ensure a safe environment for the entire class, their families, academy staff and instructors, but also for the greater good, something all Virginia State Troopers understand as they put their lives to the test daily to protect and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

VSP said in a release the troopers received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction, including de-escalation techniques, strategies to assist people in mental health crisis, ethics and leadership, fair and impartial policing, constitutional law, emergency medical trauma care, and public and community relations.

For the final phase of training, each trooper will spend six weeks with a field training officer and learn their new patrol area.

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