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News Release No. 1
For Immediate Release: January 7, 2016
VIRGINIA’S NEWEST TROOPERS GRADUATE FROM STATE POLICE ACADEMY
RICHMOND – Virginia’s Finest will welcome 74 additional new Troopers and one Special Agent Accountant to
the Department’s ranks Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, following the 123rd Basic Session’s graduation ceremony.
Commencement exercises begin at 10 a.m. in the Virginia State Police Gymnasium at 7700 Midlothian
Turnpike in North Chesterfield.
“Law enforcement is one of the most honorable calls to service,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia
State Police Superintendent. “Why endure 28 weeks of a physical, emotional and demanding academic
environment? It’s because the men and women who take this oath have a passion to protect their communities
and understand what it means to sacrifice and serve.”
A highlight of the graduation ceremony is when the new troopers receive their state
police diplomas. Typically, Colonel Flaherty hands them their certificate but in some
instances, the new trooper can select a family member who currently serves or is
retired from a local, state or federal law enforcement agency. This year, 12 members of
the 123rd Basic School will receive their diploma from such a family member.
The state police graduates are comprised of individuals from every part of the
Commonwealth to also include the states of Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New
Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The class also graduates an individual born in
the Czech Republic. Many in the class sought out the Virginia State Police because “I have always wanted to
be in law enforcement, and help protect and serve my family and community” and “my family and I owe a great
deal to the nation and state due to the opportunities granted to us and my service to the Department, the state
and the nation is the least I could do.”
A number of the new troopers, prior to entering the Academy served with other law enforcement agencies
and/or with a branch of the military. The 123rd Basic Session yields more than 50 years of previous law
enforcement and corrections experience, as well as almost 135 years of prior military service.
Members of the 123rd Basic Session began their probationary training phase Feb. 25, 2015, followed by 28
weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy. The probationary phase requires trainees
to complete two and a half weeks of introductory training at the Academy before being assigned to a Field
Training Officer (FTO). The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field
instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial
procedures, self defense, cultural diversity and firearms.
Following graduation, the new troopers’ final phase of training begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, when they
report for their individual duty assignments. Each trooper will spend a minimum of six weeks with an FTO
learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties.
Individual trooper’s photos are available to the media via e-mail.
Please contact Ms. Deborah Cox at Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org
123rd BASIC GRADUATING CLASS