By Tiffany Williams –
Thursday morning, 168 trainees of the Massachusetts State Police 86th Recruit Training Troop graduated in a ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester.
The ceremony marks the conclusion of training for this Recruit Training Troop at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree.
Friday, these new State Troopers will report to barracks across the state to begin working in the Massachusetts State Police Field Division, patrolling state highways and roads and performing other patrol duties from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.
The 86th Recruit Training Troop reported to the State Police Academy on May 31. On that day 216 recruits reported to the State Police Academy in New Braintree to begin 21 weeks of intensive training in a variety of policing skills and academic subjects, undergoing classroom and field instruction in police procedure, criminal law, ethics, defensive tactics, de-escalation tactics, physical training, firearms training, emergency vehicle operation, communications skills, and other relevant topics.
During the week, recruits lived at the Academy and on the weekend they were allowed to.
At the conclusion of the 86th Recruit Training Troops intensive training, just 168 are graduating and they will now go through three months of field training, during which each recruit will be partnered with a veteran Trooper.
The new Troopers, post-graduation, will also return to the Academy for additional specialized instruction.
Thursday’s graduation ceremony was led by Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Terrence Reidy, and State Police Colonel Christopher Mason.
The ceremony included the posting of colors, Invocation, Troop Drill, remarks by the Governor, Colonel, Academy Commandant, and a member of the class.
The ceremony concluded with the pinning of badges and administration of the Oath of Office to the new Troopers, Benediction and then the transfer of command of members from the Recruit Training Troop to the Department.
Photos from the 86th Recruit Training Troop graduation can be found on Instagram @crimetrackersma.