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Pulaski man joins State Police ranks

RICHMOND — A Pulaski resident is among 59 new officers joining Virginia State Police following commencement exercises in Richmond Thursday.
Dennis Lee Mitchell will be assigned to Caroline County in northeastern Virginia.
Commencement exercises for the 114th Trooper Basic Session were held in the Virginia State Police Gymnasium in Richmond.
Graduating troopers came from every corner of the commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Tennessee. Many in the class sought out the Virginia State Police “for the opportunity to help others” and “to work for one of the most elite law enforcement agencies in the state,” according to a State Police news release.
Other area graduates included Rodney Lee Kenley of Radford, Nathan Shawn Rife of Woodlawn and Adam Charles Svard of Max Meadows. Rife also has been assigned to Caroline County, while Kenley will work in Southhampton County and Svard was assigned to Brunswick County.
A number of the new troopers served with other law enforcement agencies and/or with a branch of the military prior to entering the academy. The 114th Basic Session yields more than 45 years of previous law enforcement and corrections experience, as well as almost 157 years of prior military service.
The troopers began their 35-week training session Oct. 25. They received more than 1,300 hours of instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, defensive tactics, cultural diversity, and firearms.
The graduates’ final phase of training begins on Monday, July 7, when the new troopers report to their respective duty assignments.
Each trooper will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area.
All interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police Recruitment Office at the toll-free number 1-866-877-2329 or visit the Department’s Web site at www.virginiatrooper.org.

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Pulaski man joins State Police ranks

RICHMOND — A Pulaski resident is among 59 new officers joining Virginia State Police following commencement exercises in Richmond Thursday.
Dennis Lee Mitchell will be assigned to Caroline County in northeastern Virginia.
Commencement exercises for the 114th Trooper Basic Session were held in the Virginia State Police Gymnasium in Richmond.
Graduating troopers came from every corner of the commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Tennessee. Many in the class sought out the Virginia State Police “for the opportunity to help others” and “to work for one of the most elite law enforcement agencies in the state,” according to a State Police news release.
Other area graduates included Rodney Lee Kenley of Radford, Nathan Shawn Rife of Woodlawn and Adam Charles Svard of Max Meadows. Rife also has been assigned to Caroline County, while Kenley will work in Southhampton County and Svard was assigned to Brunswick County.
A number of the new troopers served with other law enforcement agencies and/or with a branch of the military prior to entering the academy. The 114th Basic Session yields more than 45 years of previous law enforcement and corrections experience, as well as almost 157 years of prior military service.
The troopers began their 35-week training session Oct. 25. They received more than 1,300 hours of instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, defensive tactics, cultural diversity, and firearms.
The graduates’ final phase of training begins on Monday, July 7, when the new troopers report to their respective duty assignments.
Each trooper will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area.
All interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police Recruitment Office at the toll-free number 1-866-877-2329 or visit the Department’s Web site at www.virginiatrooper.org.

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