Virginia State Police graduates 37 new troopers
Virginia State Police graduated 37 members of the 131st Basic Session on March 17, ahead of the agency's original graduation date. The members graduated on Tuesday instead of Friday because of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's directives related to COVID-19. “This is the first time in decades that state police has had to postpone an Academy graduation ceremony,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “However, this in no way diminishes the Department’s pride in or appreciation of these new Troopers and Special Agent Accountant joining our ranks. We look forward to bringing these men and women and their families to our campus at a later date in order to properly celebrate their accomplishments of completing the Virginia State Police Academy.” According to Virginia State Police, the class has received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The class became the 29-week journey at the Virginia State Police Academy last August. The new troopers will report to their assignments across Virginia next week.
Washington State Patrol trooper killed in line-of-duty
Trooper Justin Schaffer was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks during a vehicle pursuit along I-5 in Chehalis. The suspect driving the vehicle had stolen an item from a convenience store in Lacey the previous day. The man had threatened the clerk with a stun gun and threatened to run him over. Thurston County deputies spotted the truck the following day and attempted to stop it in Maytown. The vehicle fled into Lewis County with deputies pursuing it. Trooper Schaffer was struck by the subject as he attempted to deploy stop sticks near mile marker 79. The man continued to flee until stopping and barricading himself inside his vehicle several miles later. He was taken into custody by Thurston County deputies. Trooper Schaffer had served with the Washington State Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.
A Massachusetts State Police trooper pulls driver from burning vehicle
A state trooper pulled an alleged drunken driver from his burning, crashed SUV early Thursday morning, possibly saving the driver’s life, police said. Trooper Zachary Camara of the Foxboro barracks pulled the 28-year-old Brighton man through the windshield of the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse before it went up in flames in woods off Interstate 95, Trooper Dustin Finch, a state police spokesman, said. The man, who was not identified, was the only occupant of the SUV. The single-vehicle accident occurred about 2:20 a.m. on I-95 North just before the I-495 interchange. Finch did not know further details of the rescue but said, based on information he was given, the trooper potentially saved the man’s life. The victim suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Mansfield Fire Chief Justin Desrosiers said. “The fire started in the engine compartment and then spread,” Desrosiers said. The plastic gas tank melted from the heat of the blaze, releasing gas that helped fuel the flames and spread them on the ground. The vehicle was destroyed in the incident, Desrosiers said.
Washington State Patrol welcomes 42 new troopers
Friday, March 13, 42 new Washington State Patrol troopers were sworn in by Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Debra Stephens in a ceremony held at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Olympia. “The 42 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” said Chief John Batiste. “Today, they will join the ranks of Washington’s finest, as troopers of the Washington State Patrol, a tradition that began 99 years ago on June 21, 1921, when six brave men kick-started their Indian motorcycles, strapped on an armband and started a proud tradition known today as the Washington State Patrol.” It was the 112th Trooper Basic Training Class at the WSP Academy. Graduates have more than 1,000 hours if training, according to a state patrol press release. The academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, which accounts for about 100 to 120 new troopers. Historically, only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become WSP troopers, according to the state patrol.