VSP introduces “Pathway to Trooper” program

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

The Virginia State Police unveiled a new program designed to help young people accelerate their timeline to becoming a trooper.

The “Pathway to Trooper “program is designed for 18-20 year-olds to help them find employment while they wait to turn 21 by graduation from the Academy.

Through the program, young adults may join the State Police as an Emergency Dispatcher at one of seven locations.

The State Police will then reserve a spot in the Academy for that applicant once they become eligible.

The new program includes financial incentives:

  • $5,000 hiring bonus once becoming an Emergency Dispatcher
  • $5,000 retention bonus upon completion of basic training at the Academy
  • eligibility for a 10% salary increase upon completion of training.

The State Police are continuously hosting new Academy classes with the most recent group of 52 Troopers graduating in February.

To learn more about the program, click here. 

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A talk with Lisa Wilt about the VT blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold its annual Virginia Tech blood drive this Friday at Fellowship Bible Church.

This is the 14th year of the drive in honor of those who lost their lives in the Virginia Tech tragedy of April 16, 2007.

The Church is located at 3217 Middle Road Winchester and to make an appointment go to redcrossblood.org.

You can type into the zip code location on the site 22602 or the code VT21.

Randy Woodward of The River will be on hand from 11:30 to 1:30.

There are other incentives to attend the drive as well like the chance to win an e gift card and a lunch from Chick-Fil-A.

Not to mention doing a great deed for the community.

We spoke to Lisa Wilt of the Red Cross about the event those incentives and more.

Here is Lisa’s interview.

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