January 2, 2023
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) — Virginia State Police has some new troopers on the force to begin the new year.
The 34 members of the 138th Basic Session began their eight weeks of academic, physical, and practical training at the Academy on Oct. 30 and were presented with their diplomas last Friday.
This is after they 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 Accelerated Lateral Entry Program only accepts pre-certified Virginia law enforcement officers. VSP said 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 138th Basic Session accounts for more than 200 years of prior law enforcement experience.
“You entered the Academy with the invaluable experience of already understanding what it takes to serve and protect. You understand that to be a truly effective law-enforcement professional, there are certain lessons and virtues that can only come from within - integrity and attitude. Every day the citizens of the Commonwealth will depend on you to always be at your best. Even when, and especially when, others are at their worst. Integrity, fortitude, and compassion are essential to safeguard those we have pledged to serve and protect," Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent remarked to the graduating class.
After graduation, the 138th will return to the Academy for three weeks of hands-on training before heading to their assigned area where each Trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.
138TH BASIC GRADUATING CLASS
Shadrack Kwasi Arko, Prince William
Zachary Michael, Bishop Henrico
Boreika ShaRayn Burwell, Roanoke
Kelsie Amanda Cobb, Accomack
Christopher Michael Combs, Wythe
Stephen Troy Comer, Halifax
Robert Allen Dudley, Highland
Cristian Adolfo Durham, Stafford
Brittney Nicole Dye, Fairfax
Timothy Jarrell Fellows, Hampton
Jerry Shane Fuller, Bland
Samuel William Good, III, Rockingham
Norman Eugene Gray, Jr., Charles City
Andre Michael Johnson, Prince William
Joshua Louis Johnson, Henrico
Johnathan David Lackey, Bland
Jacob H. Logan, Franklin
Dalton Shayne Marshall, Wythe
Brian K. Misener, Accomack
Codee Lee Postell, Sussex
Greggory K. Reynolds, Giles
Kyle David Rose, Virginia Beach
Troy Malcolm Shelton, Orange
Christopher W. Shively, Roanoke
James Irwin Shutt, III, Prince George
Matthew Savino Spinosa, Prince William
Bryce Michael Steele, Southampton
Brandon Trevon Taylor, Clarke
Joey Barnett Throckmorton, Charlotte
Kevin Scot Tully, James City
Goran Vukovic, Botetourt
Trenzas D. Whitley, Henrico
Garrison Douglas Wright, Rockingham
James Robert Wright, Bath