RICHMOND – This week, 52 new Virginia State Police troopers reported to their respective Division Headquarters to begin the final phase of their training. The 127th Basic Session celebrated its graduation Friday (May 11, 2018), at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County. Upon receiving their diplomas, the new troopers finished a rigorous 29-week training session. They received instruction in more than 100 different subjects spanning hundreds of hours. Academy training includes such areas as crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self- defense, cultural diversity and firearms.

On Monday, four troopers from the Richmond Division began their new assignments with Virginia State Police and will spend the next six weeks with a field training officer learning their new patrol areas and day-to-day duties.

Northumberland County native Trooper Dylan M. Goddard, 23, joined Virginia State Police because he considers it “one of the best organizations in the country.” His first assignment will be in the Chesapeake Division covering Mathews County.

Also hailing from Northumberland County, Trooper Samantha K. Wendell, 33, sought a challenging but rewarding career when she applied to Virginia State Police. King George County is her first assignment.

Joining Virginia State Police was the fulfillment of a childhood dream for 31-year-old Trooper Steven F. Martin of Chesterfield County. Prior to becoming a state trooper, he served as an EMT and firefighter, a police officer in Hope Mills, NC, and a military police officer in the U.S. Army. His first assignment keeps him close to home, covering the counties of Hanover and Henrico.

Trooper Laralyn P. Rutledge, 22, of Louisa County assumed her first assignment patrolling the counties of Hanover and Henrico.

As the need for highly-skilled and capable law enforcement officers increases, the Department continues to seek qualified applicants for the position of trooper and commercial vehicle enforcement officer. All interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police Recruitment Office. More information can be found by visiting the Department’s website www.vsp.virginia.gov.