44 New Troopers Graduate Virginia State Police Academy

Media Release – Jan. 15, 2021

RICHMOND – The 44 men and women of the Virginia State Police 132nd Basic Session graduated in a virtual ceremony on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Due to COVID-19 protocols, a virtual ceremony was the safest means of allowing the graduates and their families to celebrate the culmination of 27 weeks of the trooper-trainees’ hard work, sacrifice and dedication. Also in virtual attendance were state police executive staff, academy staff and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. A previously-recorded video of Governor Ralph Northam congratulating the new troopers was played during the ceremony.

“This Basic Session class has been like no other. Every one of these steadfast men and women heeded strict attention to detail as they navigated the ever-evolving COVID-19 safety protocols,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “The attention to detail wasn’t just to ensure a safe environment for the entire class, their families, academy staff and instructors, but also for the greater good, something all Virginia State Troopers understand as they put their lives to the test daily to protect and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. I could not be more proud of this graduating class and I know they will represent us well as they serve their communities.”

The new troopers received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different 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. The members of the 132nd Basic Session began their 27 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy on June 29, 2020.

The graduates of the 132nd Basic Session are from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New York. They include two second-generation troopers, four first generation Americans and numerous prior military service personnel.

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.

State police is currently hiring for future 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.


132nd Basic GraduateAssignment
Arfan M. ArifFairfax County
Michael L. AlbertShenandoah County
Zachary T. Barnes
York County
Moses I. R. Blakey
New Kent County
Vontasia T. Britton
York County
Andrew J. Brown
Prince William County
Taylor C. Brown
Prince William County
Jawaan D. Cook
Greensville County
William T. DiBerardine
Warren County
Hunter C. Dickenson
Gloucester County
Julian B. Edwards
Prince William County
Kayla B. Edwards
Surry County
Christian L. Elkins
Prince William County
Arthur P. Falin
Greensville County
Jacob A. Farmer
Prince George County
Adelaide E. Fischer
Hampton / Newport News
Robert L. Flynn
Accomack County
Tony Fuentes
James City County
Austin K. Gallaway
Hampton / Newport News
Zachary M. Homlish
Caroline County
Hunter C. Jensen
New Kent County
Stephanie H. Kapusta
Fairfax County
Sarah A. M. Kendrick
Prince William County
Aaryn J. Kerry
Cumberland County
Steven R. King
Accomack County
Timothy L. LaFountain
Buckingham County
Joshua O. McClure
Frederick County
Alexander W. Meyers
King George County
Thomas J. Mills
York County
Justin R. Mull
Caroline County
Connor R. O’Quinn
Hampton / Newport News
Earl J. Pritchett
Prince George County
Andrew R. S. Sanders
Sussex County
Gabriel A. Santillan
Fairfax County
Austin M. Sloan
King William County
Jeffrey A. Spencer Fairfax County
Sean M. Stinnett
Clark County
Seth A. Sullivan
Accomack County
Andrew M. Toth
Fairfax County
Joseph J. Trombley
Shenandoah County
Richard C. Warner
Gloucester County
Jacob K. Weitzman
Fairfax County
Isaac D. Wilson
York County
Joseph T. Worley Greensville County

Please email corinne.geller@vsp.virginia.gov to request a photo of a graduate.

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