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W.Va. State Police Graduates 64th Cadet Class


The West Virginia State Police officially gained 27 new troopers Friday after graduation ceremonies at West Virginia State University.

Members of the 64th cadet classed marched into an auditorium full of fellow troopers and elated family members.

This class, however, is different than any other that’s graduated since the State Police began in 1919. The 26 men and one woman were recruited because of their previous experience in law enforcement. Combined the new troopers already have more than 135 years of experience.

Troopers were presented their new badges by Governor Tomblin and Colonel C.R. Smithers of the State Police.

Tomblin along with U.S. Prosecuting Attorney William Ihlenfeld gave the graduation addresses, encouraging the troopers to become leaders not just on the job, but also in their communities.