EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTwenty-one West Virginia State Police Cadets Take Oath Of Office
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Reported: Sep. 16, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
Institute , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The West Virginia State Police Academy has a new class.
Members of the 63rd cadet class started their 25-week training Monday morning. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin administered the oath of office to 21 cadets at the academy located in Dunbar.
The governor encouraged the group of men to trust and lean on each other during the six months of training and once they graduate from the academy.
First Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police said there is currently a high demand for troopers. More than 250 troopers are being sought. With the huge demand for troopers, Baylous said he hopes all 21 will survive the rigorous training program.
"We're hoping that they all make it through, but we are not going to relax our standards just because we are in need of manpower," Baylous said. "We still expect them to meet the standards that we put out there before we allow them to graduate and become West Virginia state troopers."
Baylous said the dropout rate among police cadets is 20 percent. Given the small pool this year, Baylous said, he hopes that is not the case with this class.
The average number of students in past classes has ranged from 40 to 50.
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