Maryland State Police gain 46 new troopers from the 145th Trooper Candidate Class

MDSP graduation

The 46 candidates stood with their right hands in the air as they shouted their names. As a group they said the oath of office, and after an award presentation, they were pinned as new Maryland State Police troopers.  The 145th Trooper Candidate Class graduated at LifePoint Church in Reisterstown in front of friends, family members, other police officers and the Maryland governor.  After 26 weeks of training at the Maryland State Police Academy in Sykesville, the class members can now call themselves troopers.  Before they received their pins, the candidates heard speeches from Col. William Pallozzi, the Maryland State Police superintendent, Gov. Larry Hogan and one of their classmates.  Hogan and Pallozzi told the troopers that graduation was something that they will always cherish.  "I hope you realize the significance of this day and take in every moment," Pallozzi said.  "You'll remember this day forever."  They both pledged their support for the troopers, with Pallozzi thanking Hogan for his continued support of Maryland State Police.  After the graduation, Hogan told the Carroll County Times that he includes funds in his budget to allow for additional trooper classes.  This is the third graduation he's attended that was a result of that money, Hogan said.  "It's really important to me," he said.  During his speech, Hogan told the troopers that while the road to graduation was long, they had overcome the challenges that faced them.  The training that the troopers went through during the academy was a key point in Pallozzi's and their classmate's speeches as well.  Over the course of training, the troopers went through physical training as well as academic work, Trooper Timothy Kelly said during his speech.  Kelly's classmates elected him to be the class president.  Kelly was given three awards, including the Superintendent's Award and the award for overall achievement, before his father pinned his badge on.  Kelly's current assignment places him at the Frederick Barrack.  In his speech, Kelly said he's often asked whether he feels different going through the academy, and when he thought about it, he said he and his classmates have changed in many ways.  They are more alert, they have more self-discipline and they carry themselves with more confidence, he said.  Pallozzi told the graduating class that it is a privilege to wear a Maryland State Police badge, but it is one that they have all earned.  The training they received at the academy will allow them to help the public, he said.  "I urge you to come to work every day ready to make a difference," he said in his speech.  After the graduation, Pallozzi said that it is great to have more troopers on the road because it means they will be able to provide more services across the state.  "Any time you're getting new blood, new troopers, it's great for the organization," he said.  For the new troopers, he said, he hopes they will have safe careers.  That's a wish that Hogan shares.  Hogan said he appreciates what the troopers do each day and he respects them for putting their lives on the line.  "I couldn't be more proud of the men and women in this group," he said.