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Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Addresses 148th Maryland State Police Trooper Candidate Class Graduation

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today addressed the graduates of the Maryland State Police 148th Trooper Candidate Class at a graduation ceremony in Reisterstown. The 36 members of Trooper Candidate Class 148 have just completed 27 weeks of a residential police training academy, known as one of the most intense and comprehensive state police training programs in the country. During six months of strict discipline and a demanding schedule, the trooper candidates received instruction in criminal and traffic laws, emergency care, emergency driving, physical training, and scenario-based training that included de-escalation and conflict resolution.


“It is an honor and a privilege to be here today among so many of Maryland’s Finest, and to have this opportunity to congratulate the 36 newest members of what Governor Hogan and I believe is the finest State Police organization in the entire country,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “It is a testament to the kind of men and women here this morning, that even though you knew that the risks would be many and the accolades often too few, you have chosen to join this proud fellowship of MSP troopers.”

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Among the members of the class, nine have prior military experience, three previously worked in law enforcement or corrections and five were Maryland State Police cadets. Three are certified paramedics and will be transferring to the Aviation Command following their field training. Nineteen of the recruits have college degrees and another 15 are enrolled in the concurrent Associate of Arts program with Frederick Community College and have been obtaining their degrees as they attend the Academy.

“For the past 98 years, those who came before you built the tradition and reputation of providing outstanding law enforcement services the Maryland State Police is known for,” said Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi. “I urge you to daily remember our core values of integrity, fairness, and service as you fulfill your duties as public servants who are dedicated to providing selfless service to our citizens.”