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The Commonwealth graduated the 139th generation of Virginia State Troopers on Friday.
The 31 new troopers received diplomas during the commencement ceremony at the State Police Training Academy in Chesterfield County.
Throughout the 28 weeks of training, graduates received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in over 100 different subjects including ethics, leadership, constitutional law, assisting those in a mental health crisis, de-escalation techniques, and emergency medical trauma care, among others.
Troopers will arrive at their assignments this week and begin their final phase of training which includes six weeks with a Field Training Officer.
Graduates from the 139th session come from a variety of states as well as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Saipan.
One local member of the class is James Lloyd Lakey II, who is from Strasburg and will be assigned to Frederick County.
The Virginia State Police is currently hiring for troopers in future Academy classes.
To learn more or apply, click here.
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Virginia received $1.9 million in federal funding that will be invested in increasing safety for the state’s motorists.
The main focus will be on commercial motor vehicles which were involved in 5000 crashes and 100 fatalities last year.
$1 million will go towards the Department of Motor Vehicles to enhance crash data analysis as well as improving and increasing the reporting of data.
This will help identify trends, problems, and help target spending.
Other funding will go to high risk areas of Chesterfield County and Virginia Tech who will begin driver education programs at high schools around the state and sessions in partnership with the AARP.
The money to fund these programs comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s High Priority Grant program.