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A trio of Historic Triangle residents were among the 74 new troopers joining the Virginia State Police after Friday’s graduation ceremony at the Virginia State Police Gymnasium in Richmond.
The three troopers – Chadwick Compton and Preston Alan Meier of Williamsburg and Mitchell Talley of Toano – completed 28 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the State Police Academy.
“Why endure 28 weeks of a physical, emotional and demanding academic environment? It’s because the men and women who take this oath have a passion to protect their communities and understand what it means to sacrifice and serve,” said Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty in a news release.
Probationary training for the 123rd Basic Session began Feb. 25 and all new troopers received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects. Among the subjects were crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self defense, cultural diversity and firearms.
Compton and Talley have both been assigned to York County, where they will report Monday to begin their individual duty assignments. Meier has been assigned to Frederick County.
The three will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer learning more about their new patrol areas and day-to-day duties.