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Augusta County Resident Among 44 New VSP Troopers

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121st Basic Session Graduation Day photo courtesy of Virginia State Police 121st Basic Session Graduation Day photo courtesy of Virginia State Police
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Forty-four new troopers are joining the Virginia State Police.  Commencement exercises for the 121st Trooper Basic Session are set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Virginia State Police Gymnasium in Richmond.

According to the agency, the graduating troopers come from every corner of Virginia as well as five other states. Many have experience with other police agencies or the military.

Among the 44 new graduates is Augusta County resident, 31-year-old Trooper Hockaday W. Jones of Swoope. Prior to joining the state police, Jones served two years with the Waynesboro Police Department as a reserve officer. Jones will report Monday to Shenandoah County for his first patrol assignment as trooper.

The new troopers completed 26 weeks of academy training. They report for duty Monday and will begin a minimum of six weeks under the tutelage of a field training officer.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.