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44 graduate from VSP academy

Forty-four men and women in the Virginia State Police 132nd Basic Session graduated in a virtual ceremony on Friday, culminating 27 weeks of trooper training. Two of the recent graduates, Hunter C. Dickenson and Richard C. Warner, are assigned to the VSP Area 33 Office in Gloucester.

The graduates began their 27 weeks of training on June 29, 2020. They received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 subjects, including de-escalation techniques, strategies to assist people in mental health crisis, ethics and leadership, fair and impartial policing, constitutional law, emergency medical trauma care, and public and community relations.

For their final phase of training, each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area.

Hunter DickensonRichard Warner

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