Mass. State Police old graduation ceremony
WORCESTER, Mass.—The Massachusetts State Police Academy has graduated its first class of new troopers in six years.
More than 200 trainees were honored during the ceremony Friday in the DCU Center in Worcester. It's the largest graduating class in academy history and the first since 2006.
Taking part in the ceremony were Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan and State Police commander Col. Marian McGovern.
The new troopers underwent 21 weeks of intensive training that includes classroom study, physical training, defensive tactics and role play in real-world scenarios.
McGovern says the new troopers are needed to replace some of the 500 who have retired or otherwise left the force in the last five years during a time of tighter budgets.