DOSWELL – The Virginia State Police is holding graduation exercises for 90 new state troopers at The Meadow Event Park Friday morning.
The 119th training session is the largest class to graduate from the Virginia State Police Academy. Last fall the academy graduated 89 new troopers.
The new troopers will report to their assignments across on Virginia on Monday and begin the final phase of their training. Each one will spend at least six weeks with a field training officer, learning their patrol area and their day-to-day duties.
The graduating troopers come from throughout Virginia as well as California, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Many of the new troopers previously served with other law enforcement agencies or in the military.
The graduating troopers began 34 weeks of training last October. They received 1,690 hours of classroom instruction in more than 100 subjects and received additional training in firearms, self-defense, first-aid, and other areas.
The new troopers include two officers who will be assigned to work in Caroline County. Brandon Crockwell of Jamaica Queens, New York, and Gregory MacDougall of Mechanicsville will work out of the State Police office in Bowling Green.