The Connecticut State Police graduated 83 new State Troopers, all members of the 123rd Training Troop, on Jan. 9.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined the command staff at the ceremony and spoke to those gathered.
“Today’s graduation ceremony represents our commitment to law enforcement. It means more than 80 additional troopers will be keeping our communities and residents safe and I am honored to congratulate each and every one of these graduates for earning the title of State Trooper,” Malloy said.
“The duty of public safety is a 24/7 responsibility, meaning our first responders are often away from home and their loved ones,” he said. “The families of the graduates have made and will continue to make tremendous sacrifices, and I want to also thank them for their support.”
Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Reuben F. Bradford, and Colonel Danny R. Stebbins, Commander of the State Police, presided over the exercises.
Bradford, who announced his retirement last month, administered the oath of office to the new troopers, including two from Middletown. Alexander A. Cintron has been assigned to Troop F in Westbrook and Douglas S. Sauve reports to Troop K in Colchester.
The 123rd Training Troop has been in training since June 2013. This graduating class spent over 1,400 hours in the classroom and many more hours training in physical conditioning, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police work. The new Troopers will next report to their State Police assignments, where they will complete their training with field training Troopers.
The 83 members of this class began the process of becoming State Troopers more than a year ago. At that time, they applied for the positions, took the written test and the physical fitness assessment, along with observational and polygraph tests.
Members of the 123rd Training Troop come from eight different states and have diverse backgrounds, training and experience. Among the 83 graduates:
- 20 have military experience
- 26 have prior law enforcement experience
- 43 have bachelor degrees
- 10 have graduate degrees
- 85% of the class left higher paying jobs to serve as Connecticut State Troopers
Members of the class previously served as accountants, counselors, corrections officers, firefighters, lawyers, teachers and nurses, among other professions. The youngest member of the class is 23 and the oldest is 47.
Troopers will be assigned as follows:
Troop A, Southbury: 6 new Troopers
Troop B, Canaan: 7 new Troopers
Troop C, Tolland: 7 new Troopers
Troop D, Danielson: 8 new Troopers
Troop E, Montville: 9 new Troopers
Troop F, Westbrook: 7 new Troopers
Troop G, Bridgeport: 9 new Troopers
Troop H, Hartford: 7 new Troopers
Troop I, Bethany: 6 new Troopers
Troop K, Colchester: 9 new Troopers
Troop L, Litchfield: 8 new Troopers