Virginia State Police graduates 126th generation of new troopers

The Commonwealth graduated its 126th generation of Virginia State Troopers on Friday.

virginia state policeThe 30 new troopers received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management.

The members of the 126th Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy March 23, 2017.

Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning Oct. 10, 2017, for their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.


New TrooperHometownAssignment
Garrett Wayne AlbrightPrince GeorgePrince George
Zachary Thomas BeaverVictoriaAccomack
Dennis Robert Bicking, Jr.SpringfieldArlington
Mark Allen BlankenshipEvingtonNorthampton
Jay Matthew BooneBluefieldNorthampton
Lisa Anne BrooksLynchburgDinwiddie
Billy Kendall BrownClintwoodPrince George
Edward Aloysius Burns, IIISt. Augustine, FloridaArlington
Harold Lee Campbell

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Justin Curtis ClackLewiston, IdahoArlington
Nathaniel Andrew DayesVintonArlington
Joshua Wayne FowlerLafayette, New JerseyFrederick
Matthew John FoxRoxbury, New JerseyYork
Devin Ryan GoodeFluvannaHanover/Henrico
Christopher William GreeneStanleyWarren
Mikel Nasef HanaRichmondHenrico
Dustin Lee Hayden-GrossMarionDickenson
David Brent JacksonGloucesterNew Kent
Jose Arturo MacedoClifton, New JerseyHanover/Henrico
Charles Gerard McKenna, IINorthport, New YorkHenrico
Donald Thomas MurphyVirginia BeachNorfolk/Virginia Beach
Charles William Patton, Jr.DillwynNottoway
Devon Taylor SaulGates, North CarolinaPortsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake
Jordon Ryan SlussHonakerTazewell
Alfred Daniel Smith, IIISmithfieldSussex
John Gregory SullivanStaffordCaroline
Edward Aaron TaylorBrooklyn, New YorkChesterfield
Isaac Najee ThomasRoselle, New JerseyArlington
Steven Andrew ThompsonRoanokeArlington

Virginia State Police welcomes its 127th Basic Session on Oct. 25, 2017. State Police is still accepting applications for its Accelerated Lateral Entry Program (ALEP) which begins in April 2018, as well as for those new to a law enforcement career. Information on both the ALEP and the standard Virginia State Police Trooper-Trainee Academy is available at

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