Several of the 83 state troopers who graduated from the academy on Thursday hail from area towns.
The newest troopers were celebrated during a ceremony at Dunkin Donuts Park, which serves as home to the Hartford Yard Goats, where Gov. Ned Lamont, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Col. Stavros Mellekas, commander of the state police, and James Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, were in attendance.
The new troopers, who were a part of the 129th Training Troop, were sworn in by Mellekas and assigned to one of 11 state police troops in Connecticut.
Those with local ties included Dashiell Anderson, of Newington, who was assigned to Troop K in Colchester; Carlos Dos Santos, of Bristol, who was assigned to Troop H in Hartford; Zachary Failla, of Terryville, who was assigned to Troop B in North Canaan; Paola Garces, of Bristol, who was assigned to Troop H; and Nicholas Terry, of Southington, who was also assigned to Troop H.
The 129th Training Troop entered the Connecticut State Police Training Academy on March 16, with classes starting remotely because of covid-19. For the next 26 weeks, recruits completed more than 1,500 hours of training both online and in person, in small groups.
In addition to classwork, the recruits spent hours on physical conditioning, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police work. All of the training was done while observing social distancing.
The 83 members of this class includes 70 men and 13 women, who began the process of becoming state troopers more than a year ago. At that time, they applied for the positions, took a written test and a physical fitness assessment, along with observational and polygraph tests.
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