(WFXR) — It will be a major milestone for 40 new troopers, who graduate on Friday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy.
The graduation ceremony will take place at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County. Gov. Ralph Northam will attend the graduation ceremony.
These new troopers spent more than 1,300 hours in the classroom and field. They learned more than 100 different subjects including de-escalation techniques, strategies to assist people in a mental health crisis, ethics and leadership, fair and impartial policing, constitutional law, emergency medical trauma care, and public and community relations. Their training began on Jan. 28 and lasted 27 weeks.
The graduating class spans across the Commonwealth and some new troopers are also representing several other states including California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and the country of Venezuela.
Of the graduating class, we have four new troopers from the southwest central Virginia area. 27-year-old Trooper Kaye A. Woods is from Botetourt County. Woods graduated from Ferrum College with a Criminal Justice degree and Radford University with a Master Degree in Criminal Justice.
Henry County’s Trooper Zane M. Forbes, 26, will be joining the VSP ranks. Forbes graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Criminology. He is also a United States Army Veteran.
Trooper Micah J. Gardner, 22, serves as a Sergeant with the Virginia Army National Guard. Gardner is from Blacksburg.
From Lexington, Trooper Carter L. Goodbar, 27, joins the VSP ranks. Carter has a degree from Radford University.
Starting Aug. 16, each trooper will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia. Their final phase of training will consist of each graduate spending an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer.
These new Troopers will report to their individual duty assignments the week of August 16, 2021. 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.
Below are the names of the 134th Graduating Class:
|Shawn Scott Allen-Dickson||Chesapeake|
|Christina Marie Araujo||Haymarket|
|Elmon Garnett Arrington||Richmond|
|Sesaly Marie Barden||Reston|
|Ethan James Barlow||Abingdon|
|Frederick Joseph Boos, III||Ellicott City, Maryland|
|Barret Lee Brown||Lynchburg|
|Zachary Randy Duty||Bristol, Tennessee|
|Hector R. Estevez De La Rosa||Clifton, New Jersey|
|Zane McKinley Forbes||Collinsville|
|Mikella M. Fuccella||Hartfield|
|Micah James Gardner||Blacksburg|
|Katherine Rita Glasscock||Burkeville|
|Carter Lance Goodbar||Lexington|
|Jessie Lee Green||Farmville|
|Caleb Durand Grissom||Archdale, North Carolina|
|Lewis Cole Johnston||Gloucester|
|Andrew Patrick Jordan||Nathalie|
|Anthony Vincent LaPiana||Long Island, New York|
|Carlos Eduardo Landaeta Monsalvo||Maracaibo, Venezuela|
|Kevin M. LeSage||Atco, New Jersey|
|Anthony Brian Lovell||Pound|
|Michael Lee Lynch||Tazewell|
|Yuridia Diaz Lynch||Machipongo|
|Timothy Jordan Martin||Wytheville|
|David Wesley Meyers||Chesapeake|
|Jonathan Porter Mills||Farmville|
|Jacob Barrow Moore||Bedford|
|Robert Dillon Moran||Staunton|
|Maximilian Kolbe Radel||Spotsylvania|
|Sean Aaron Russell||Chilhowie|
|Andrew Lee Smith||Rustburg|
|Minh Dominic Starzewski||San Pedro, California|
|Nathaniel Gray Stephens||Lovettsville|
|Harrison Glenn Stewart||Palmyra|
|Jeremy Lucas Vinson||Oak Ridge, North Carolina|
|Austyn Anthony Weaver||Huntington Beach, California|
|Kaye Anne Marie Woods||Ebony|
|Daniel John Wright||Gloucester|
|Travis Scott Wyatt||Chesterfield|
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