SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Graduation for almost 200 members of the Massachusetts State Police academy took place Thursday at the MassMutual Center.

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The 165 graduates completed more than five months of training at the State Police Academy in New Braintree. Training included instruction in criminal law, police procedures, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, emergency first aid, de-escalation and use of force progression, use of firearms and less-than-lethal weapons, ethics, and specialized topics including responding to instances of domestic violence and animal cruelty, and communicating with persons with unique considerations. 

The class is made up of 143 men and 22 women, some of whom have previous experience in law enforcement or military service. The new Troopers will begin working at Massachusetts State Police Barracks across the state, being paired with a field training officer for the first three months, assigned to road patrols.

“Very surreal. It’s just, he went through a lot to get here. Worked hard. It’s amazing.
Hardest thing they’ve ever done these kids. All of them,” said Mark and Darlynn Oberg.

The ceremony was held at the MassMutual Center. Governor Maura Healy presided over the ceremony with MSP Colonel John Mawn. Former Governor Charlie Baker was also there to show support for these new troopers. The stands were filled with proud family and friends.

Sheriff Nick Cocchi, no stranger to law enforcement, shares some insight into what these future troopers went through to get to where they are today.

“Their training is the most extensive and the toughest in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts State Police does it right and not only are they a leader in Massachusetts but they are also a leader around the country,” said Cocchi.

A group of friends drove from the Boston area to see their friend graduate Thursday. They say their friend has the qualities needed to be a stand out in service to the community.

“He’s very personable, he can talk to people, he has a strong command presence. Strong attention to detail. Everything you can see in a state trooper, that’s what he has, you know. Very proud of him. I know he’s going to do great,” said Richie Wu of Quincy.

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