55 members of Virginia State Police 133rd Basic Session receive their diplomas

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — 55 members of the Virginia State Police 133rd Basic Session will be presented their diplomas on Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in a special, physically-distanced, outdoor graduation ceremony at the state police Academy.

In accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, no family, friends, or media will be in attendance. The class will be divided into three separately-spaced groups in the parking lot and will be streamed live via the Virginia State Police Facebook page.

“To the very day of their graduation, the dedicated men and women of this Basic Session academy class have demonstrated their ability to adapt, overcome and succeed. Fortunately, we were able to livestream the occasion for families and friends to witness this significant milestone for their loved ones. Not only was this a unique setting for the ceremony, but this is also only the second time in the Department’s 88 year history an Accelerated Lateral Entry Program has been held.”

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent

The Accelerated Lateral Entry Program only accepts pre-certified Virginia law enforcement officers with at least three years of active-duty experience at the local and/or state level. Each candidate for trooper must have been in good standing with their former law enforcement employer(s) and underwent an extensive background investigative and testing process. Collectively, the 133rd Basic Session accounts for 426 years of prior law enforcement experience.

The 133rd Basic Session trooper trainees received more than 300 hours of classroom and field instruction in nearly 50 different subjects, including defensive tactics, cultural diversity, bias-free and community relations, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival and crisis management. The members of the 133rd Basic Session began their eight weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy on Sept. 28, 2020. 

For their final phase of training, each Trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.

133rd  Basic Graduating Class

133rd Basic GraduateAssignment
Austin Kenrick AndersFranklin County
Dylan Wade BilliterTazewell County
Jonathan William BloomChesterfield County
Christopher Stuart BoblettFranklin County
Bryce Alan CampbellHenrico County/Richmond
Jesse Bethlynnie CampbellBath County
Jason Gregory CaricoBland County
Jermell Lamonte ChatmanArlington County
Dylan Storm ColemanNew Kent County
Rickie Lewis Compton, Jr.Halifax County
Scott Thomas CraigRockingham County
Zachary Ryan DavisRockbridge County
Peter Lawrence DaytonLunenburg County
Matthew James DeMossNorfolk/Virginia Beach
Michael Anthony DunfordGiles County
Tyler Steven EasterFranklin County
Andrew Thomas EhrhardShenandoah County
Jonathan Thomas FitchRockbridge County
Michael Floyd FuryFluvanna County
Nicholas Ryan GrahamHampton/Newport News
Jeffery Todd HackneyGiles County
Corey Michael HallKing George County
Joel Riley HodgesFranklin County
Matthew Ryan HoppesBedford County
Mario Jamar HunterIsle of Wight County
Kenneth Wayne JoynerCampbell County
Christopher Scott KeslerOrange County
Ryan Thomas KingRoanoke County
James Clifton KirklandCampbell County
Seth Walker LaytonHenrico County/Richmond
Adam Eugene MartinMecklenburg County
Paul David McMillanBotetourt County
Tyler Clifton MillerAugusta County
Justin Randall MyrickPittsylvania County
James Henry NewbyPittsylvania County
Alison Amber NowackiRichmond County
Matthew Joel O’DellFranklin County
Meet Ravjibhai ParbadiaPrince William County
Charles Hugo Parsons, IIIRockbridge County
Ronnie McCoy Pearce, Jr.Sussex County
Joseph Christian RaderAugusta County
Michael Lee RogersHenrico County
Barry Alan SchellHighland County
Sean Christopher ScottChesterfield County
Eric Byron SmithPage County
Gary O’Neil SmithHenrico County/Richmond
Paul Anthony SprouseRockbridge County
Matthew Prescott Stafford, IIBedford County
Joseph Michael UttFranklin County
Daniel Colby VaughanHenrico County/Richmond
Michael Dale Wade, IIFranklin County
James Douglas WallerBath County
Dylan James WelshBotetourt County
Charles Hubert WheelerCaroline County
Alison Jean WillisRockingham County

State police is currently hiring for 2021 Basic Session Academy classes. Those interested in joining the ranks of the Virginia State Police are encouraged to visit www.vatrooper.com for more information.

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