By Sharon Challenger
(August 26, 2021) The CT State Police Training Academy held a graduation ceremony for 100 graduates in Hartford at the Dunkin Donuts Park. The new graduates are members of the 130th Training Troop of the CT State Police Academy.
The troop’s academy classes began on January 15 and were initially held remotely due to COVID-19. On May 17, the troop arrived at the CT State Police Academy to continue their 32-week training in residence.
Training education included:
- Over 1,500 hours of training online, and in-person (in small groups).
- Physical conditioning, driving, water rescue, and other specialized areas of police work.
- Physical confrontation, taser, gas, OC spray exposure, academic firearms, emergency vehicle operations, first aid, tactical first aid for patrol, and water safety.
- Ten days of training spent on practical, and wellness exercises & evaluations in simulated scenarios.
Statistics on the 100 CT State Police graduates:
- 20 have military experience
- 8 have prior law enforcement experience
- some have been trained as firefighters and EMTs
- 51 are taking college classes, have completed some college, or earned an associate’s degree
- 44 hold bachelor’s degrees
- 7 have advanced degrees
- 15 are bilingual
- 27 are minorities
- 76 are men
- 24 are women
On 8/30/2021, Troop F in Westbrook, CT welcomed 9 Trooper Trainees who recently graduated from the Connecticut State Police Academy. These new Troopers will be paired with an experienced Field Training Officer for an extensive training period.
Photos courtesy of Connecticut State Police