Canterbury and Voluntown Residents Become Connecticut State Troopers At Graduation Ceremony

This article was published on: 01/17/20 1:41 AM by Mike Minarsky



(MIDDLETOWN, CT – January 16, 2020) – The Connecticut State Police today graduated 28 new State Troopers, all members of the 128th Training Troop. Colonel Stavros Mellekas, Commander of the State Police, and James C. Rovella, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, congratulated the graduating class during a ceremony in Welte Auditorium at Central Connecticut State University. Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz also addressed the graduates. The 128th Training Troop entered the Connecticut State Police Training Academy on July 5, 2019, and completed more than 1,500 hours of training. Much of that time was spent on physical conditioning, classroom work, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police work.

The 28 members of this class began the process of becoming State Troopers more than a year ago. At that time, they applied for the positions, took the written test and the physical fitness assessment, along with observational and polygraph tests.

Among the 28graduates:  5 have military experience  4 have prior law enforcement experience  11 have bachelor degrees  2 have graduate degrees

Members of the 128th Training Troop have diverse backgrounds, training and experience. The youngest member of the class is 23 years old and the oldest is 39 years old. At their graduation Thursday, the newest Troopers were sworn in by Colonel Mellekas and assigned to one of 11 State Police troops located throughout Connecticut.

Locally, Troop E is adding one new Trooper, Trooper Jonathan Walker of Madison, Ct.  Troop D in Danielson is getting 2 new Troopers.  Trooper Patrick Lewis of Voluntown and Trooper Joseph Gookin of Canterbury.

2 Responses to “Canterbury and Voluntown Residents Become Connecticut State Troopers At Graduation Ceremony”

  1. Jessica Shultis

    Congratulations Joe u will be a wonderful state trooper so very proud of you.

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