VSP welcomes new troopers

Published 1:21 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A new trooper who graduated with the 124th class of Virginia State Patrol troopers Friday has ties to the Heart of Virginia.

Among the graduates is Farmville native Josiah Luke Montayne, who is being assigned to Mecklenburg County.

On Friday, Montayne and 43 other new troopers received their diplomas during commencement exercises at the State Police Training Academy in North Chesterfield County.

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The new troopers have 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 124th Basic Session began their 27 weeks of training at the academy in early May.

Montayne and his fellow graduates began reporting to their individual duty assignments Monday 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.