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.



58 Recruits joined the ranks as Michigan State Police troopers

Michigan graduates


A total of 58 recruits joined the ranks as Michigan State Police troopers Friday.  They are graduates of the 130th Trooper Recruit School.  After they are sworn in, they’ll be assigned to posts in different parts of the state.  Out of the 58 recruits, 14 of them will be assigned to 6 local posts: Caro, Flint, Lapeer, Mt. Pleasant, Tri Cities and West Branch.  Governor Snyder was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.


44 new Virginia State Troopers graduate today

Virginia graduation

The Commonwealth will welcome 44 new Virginia State Troopers to the ranks Friday morning, marking the 124th generation to graduate from the State Police Training Academy.  The troopers completed 27 weeks of instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, police professionalism, cultural diversity and crisis management.  Beginning Nov. 7, the troopers will be paired up with field training officers in their new patrol areas to complete a final 6-week phase of training.  The new troopers will be presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike.


Captain Ann Assumpico becomes the first woman to take command of the Rhode Island State Police

RI New Colonel


A state police captain will become the first woman to take command of the Rhode Island state law enforcement agency, Governor Raimondo's office announced Thursday morning.  Capt. Ann C. Assumpico, a 59-year-old Rhode Island native, has been chosen by Raimondo.  Assumpico will succeed Col. Steven O’Donnell, who retired in September.  The governor will introduce her to the public at 11:30 Thursday morning.  O'Donnell, who retired Sept. 23 and is now chief executive of the Greater Providence YMCA, declined comment Wednesday night prior to the governor's announcement of the appointment.  On Thursday, O'Donnell said that Assumpico has "decades of law enforcement experience with 25 years "in the boots and britches of the Rhode Island state police," and she'll have the "full faith, trust and confidence" of state troopers.  "I hold her in the highest regard as I'm the person that promoted her to captain," O'Donnell said.  O'Donnell said that the organization's readiness for leadership from a woman isn't a matter that's worthy of a lot of focus.  "We don't see gender," he said. "We see a state trooper."  It is expected that O'Donnell will be joined in the State room Thursday morning by former state police commanders Steven M. Pare and Brendan Doherty.  Assumpico's ascension to superintendent would move her past a number of state police leaders who hold higher ranking positions, including the agency's interim superintendent, Lt. Col. Kevin Barry.  Assumpico, a 24-year police veteran, is director of training for the state police, which puts her at No. 7 in the chain of command.   As the agency's training director, Assumpico has overseen daily operations of the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy, according to the state police website.  Prior to joining the state police, she served eight years as a corrections officer at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.  She was a member of the ACI’s tactical team, holding the rank of assistant squad leader.  She also served seven years as a police officer in Coventry.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree in justice administration from Salve Regina University.


The Florida Highway Patrol needs new recruits


The State of Florida is in desperate need of more troopers.  The Florida Highway Patrol is facing a shortage because of retirements.  The department is scrambling to find new recruits.  “We have a lot of people that are getting ready to retire and so we want to combat that to make sure there is not a shortage.  We want to start hiring now,” FHP recruiter Kenn Watson said.  A shortage of troopers could mean a rise in crime and longer response times, which could put lives at risk, officials said.  Recruiters have their work cut out for them. Officials say recent uprisings in Dallas and Charlotte have shown law enforcement is battling a bad reputation.  “It has become more challenging simply because of all the events that have taken place over the last year,” Watson said.  Money is also an issue.  If you want to be a trooper in New York, your starting salary is $75,252.  Iowa pays a starting salary of $49,000.  As for Florida, well, it’s the lowest starting salary in the nation at $33,977.  “What people have to understand, is that when you get to law enforcement, you’re here to help people,” Watson said.  “If you want to help your community and you want to help solve these problems, you need to come join us.”  That’s what matters to Katryna Solley.  Solley is a former motocross racer who became a trooper four months ago.  “I wanted to do something that meant something,” she said.  There is room for advancement at the Florida Highway Patrol, and Solley has big dreams.  She wants to fight crime and capture drug kingpins.  “It’s not just getting on the road and being a road trooper the rest of your life; there’s a lot of different areas you can get into,” Solley said.  State troopers handle homicide cases, find drug traffickers, and handle cases of civil unrest, mobs and prison riots.  “I’m able to make a difference, help people, and then I’m not stuck in an office all day.  I get to get out and do things,” Solley said.  The Florida Highway Patrol will be holding a recruitment fair at the Bradenton Patrol office at 5023 53rd Ave. E.  It will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.