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For Immediate Release: December 30, 2022


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Virginia State Police Academy

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138th Basic Trooper Session

RICHMOND – After receiving more than 300 hours of classroom and field instruction in nearly 50 different subjects, including defensive tactics, cultural diversity, bias-free and community relations, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival and crisis management, the 34 members of the Virginia State Police 138th Basic Session were presented their diplomas today, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. The members of the 138th Basic Session began their eight weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy on Oct. 30, 2022. 

The Accelerated Lateral Entry Program only accepts pre-certified Virginia law enforcement officers. Each candidate for trooper must have been in good standing with their former law enforcement employer(s) and underwent an extensive background investigative and testing process. Collectively, the 138th Basic Session accounts for more than 200 years of prior law enforcement experience.

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent remarked to the graduating class, “You entered the Academy with the invaluable experience of already understanding what it takes to serve and protect. You understand that to be a truly effective law-enforcement professional, there are certain lessons and virtues that can only come from within - integrity and attitude.  Every day the citizens of the Commonwealth will depend on you to always be at your best. Even when, and especially when, others are at their worst. Integrity, fortitude and compassion are essential to safeguard those we have pledged to serve and protect.”

After graduation, the 138th will return to the Academy for three weeks of hands-on training before heading to their assigned area where each Trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.

State police is currently hiring for 2023 Basic Session Academy classes. Those interested in joining the ranks of the Virginia State Police are encouraged to visit www.vatrooper.com for more information.





Name                                                            Assignment

Shadrack Kwasi Arko                                       Prince William

Zachary Michael Bishop                                  Henrico

Boreika ShaRayn Burwell                                Roanoke

Kelsie Amanda Cobb                                       Accomack

Christopher Michael Combs                           Wythe

Stephen Troy Comer                                       Halifax

Robert Allen Dudley                                        Highland

Cristian Adolfo Durham                                  Stafford

Brittney Nicole Dye                                         Fairfax

Timothy Jarrell Fellows                                   Hampton

Jerry Shane Fuller                                           Bland

Samuel William Good, III                                Rockingham

Norman Eugene Gray, Jr.                                Charles City

Andre Michael Johnson                                   Prince William

Joshua Louis Johnson                                      Henrico

Johnathan David Lackey                                 Bland

Jacob H. Logan                                                Franklin

Dalton Shayne Marshall                                 Wythe

Brian K. Misener                                             Accomack

Codee Lee Postell                                            Sussex

Greggory K. Reynolds                                      Giles

Kyle David Rose                                               Virginia Beach

Troy Malcolm Shelton                                     Orange

Christopher W. Shively                                   Roanoke

James Irwin Shutt, III                                      Prince George

Matthew Savino Spinosa                                Prince William

Bryce Michael Steele                                      Southampton

Brandon Trevon Taylor                                   Clarke

Joey Barnett Throckmorton                            Charlotte

Kevin Scot Tully                                               James City

Goran Vukovic                                                 Botetourt

Trenzas D. Whitley                                          Henrico

Garrison Douglas Wright                                Rockingham

James Robert Wright                                      Bath