By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Scott County native who graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy Friday will begin his career in Pulaski County this week.
Trooper Wayne L. Stumbo III, 25, of Hiltons, was among 44 troopers who graduated during the academy’s 121st Basic Session Friday. The graduates enter their final phase of training Monday when they report to their assigned areas. They will spend at least six weeks with field-training officers, learning their day-to-day duties.
Stumbo has an associate’s degree from Southeast Culinary College, but said he chose to pursue a career with State Police “to be a part of the most professional law enforcement organization in the country and to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth.”
Wythe County native Aaron B. Copenhaver also graduated from the academy Friday. The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) criminal justice graduate was employed by VCU’s police department for six years. He will be assigned to Henrico County.
The academy’s 37-week training session began in December. It includes hundreds of hours of instruction in crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self-defense, cultural diversity and firearms.
Those interested in a career with Virginia State Police should visit www.vsp.virginia.gov.