Governor Tomblin Addresses the West Virginia State Police Academy's 62nd Cadet Class Graduates
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today addressed the West Virginia State Police Academy's newest Troopers at their graduation. He congratulated them on becoming a part of one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country. He also expressed his support and concern for the State Trooper who was shot in Randolph County yesterday, and he commended the efforts of all law enforcement officials who responded to the situation and kept people in the Elkins area safe.
"What happened yesterday in Randolph County is a terrible reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face. I'm very thankful State Police Corporal Andrew Loudin is in stable condition. Joanne and I will be praying for the Corporal and his family and wish him a speedy recovery," Gov. Tomblin said. "The incident is also a reminder of the very important work performed by our law enforcement agencies. They are committed to protecting our communities, and they do an outstanding job. I'd like to offer special thanks to the men and women who responded to yesterday's call and secured the area. We are very thankful for the work they do to keep us safe each and every day."
Gov. Tomblin thanked the new State Troopers for their dedication to protecting our state and congratulated them on joining a police force with a strong tradition of excellence. He encouraged them to always remember "for each person who will test you, there are countless others who will thank you."
The West Virginia State Police was formed in 1919 and is the nation's fourth oldest state police organization. Members of the State Police receive training at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. The cadets undergo an intense 24-week training program. Fifty-three new State Troopers are graduating from the 62nd Cadet Class.
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