Christina M. Casey, of Southington was among those to complete their requirements and receive recognition Thursday. She is joined by nearby residents Gregory T. Kenney, of Plainville, and Joseph A. Meehan, Jr., of Bristol.
Casey joins Troop I in Bethany, while Kenney and Meehan will be assigned to Troop L in Litchifield.
Casey could not immediately be reached for comment.
The state police on Thursday released the following:
The Connecticut State Police graduated 83 new State Troopers, all members of the 123rd on Jan. 9, 2014.
Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Reuben F. Bradford, and Col. Danny R. Stebbins, Commander of the State Police, congratulated the graduating class during a ceremony at Jorgensen Auditorium at the University of Connecticut. Gov. Dannel Malloy was the keynote speaker at the event.
The 123rd training troop entered the Connecticut State Police Academy on June 14, 2013, and spent approximately 1,400 hours in the classroom. They spent many more hours training in physical conditioning, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police work.
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.
At their graduation Thursday, the newest Troopers were sworn in by Commissioner Bradford and assigned to one of 11 State Police troops located throughout Connecticut. 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
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