VSP introduces “Pathway to Trooper” program

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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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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Fauquier County

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Virginia State Police (VSP) are investigating a two vehicle fatal accident that occurred Sat. May 7 in Fauquier County.

An email from Sergeant Brent Coffey confirms that Miss. Shenandoah County Fair 2015 and 2016’s Miss. Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant winner Jensen B. Hoover was killed in the accident.

The VSP investigation indicates that Hoover’s vehicle traveling east on Route 50 in Fauquier County crossed the double yellow center line and collided head on with a vehicle heading west.

The 29 year old Hoover from Winchester suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to Winchester Medical Center.

It was at the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

The unidentified 34 year old driver of the west bound vehicle from Upperville suffered life threatening injuries and transported to INOVA Hospital in Fairfax.

Three children in the Upperville vehicle were also transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The three children include a 5 year old female an 11 year and a 12 year old male.

All involved in the accident were wearing their safety belts.

The accident remains under investigation.

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VSP investigate a two vehicle fatal accident in Shenandoah County

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An email from Virginia State Police (VSP) Sergeant Brent Coffey reports that Troopers are investigating a two vehicle fatal accident in Shenandoah County.

30 year old Jacob W. Crowder of Strasburg suffered life threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.

Crowder entered Interstate 81 in the wrong direction when he collided head on with a Winchester driver.

The 40 year unidentified Winchester driver suffered non life threatening injuries in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing their safety belts.

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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Clarke County

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An email from Sergeant Brent Coffey of the Virginia State Police (VSP) states that troopers are investigating a Clarke County accident.

The single vehicle accident on Route 522 resulted in the death of 31 Allison Lawhorne of Woodstock.

Lawhorne died at the scene after her vehicle ran off the road through a fence and hit a tree.

A 38 year old unidentified male passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt was thrown from the vehicle.

The male had to be flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with life threatening injures.

The investigation into the crash is on going.

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