Sunday, May 24, 2015

State police cadet class graduates with record number of women

Chanting and stomps of marching echoed across the West Virginia State University campus after the 65th Cadet Class of the West Virginia State Police Academy graduated Friday.
The class was made up of 43 cadets this year, including a record number of six women.
The cadets completed 25 weeks of training at the academy in Institute. Phillips said there were a lot of physical and mental obstacles she had to overcome to get to graduation day.
Lt. Michael Baylous said the profession can be challenging and rewarding, but had no doubt the cadets would be able to rise to the occasion.
Baylous said with the 43 additional members, there are now over 700 troopers in West Virginia who serve 55 counties.

All of the cadets will now be sent to various state police detachments across the state. Phillips will be stationed in Parkersburg and Shaffer will be in Oak Hill. They will serve with a senior trooper during a probationary period.