30 Virginia State Police troopers graduate from training academy

Published: Oct. 6, 2017 at 1:10 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2017 at 11:44 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thirty Virginia State Police troopers graduated from the State Police Training Academy on Friday.

"The troopers received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management," said police.

The troopers started their 29-week academic, physical, and practical training on March 23.

At Friday's ceremony, Trooper Bicking, president of the 126th Basic Session, lead his classmates in the Trooper's pledge.

The new graduates will report to their assignments beginning Oct. 10 for the final phase of their training. They will also spend another six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer to learn their new patrol area.

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