Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford addressed the graduates of the Maryland State Police 149th Trooper Candidate Class during a graduation ceremony in Reisterstown. This is the seventh Maryland State Police trooper candidate class to graduate during the Hogan-Rutherford administration, and the second this year. The lieutenant governor also addressed the 148th Trooper Candidate Class during their graduation ceremony this past March.
The 39 members of Trooper Candidate Class 149 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.
“I want the 149th Trooper Candidate Class, and all of our Maryland State Police, to know that our administration recognizes the sacrifices you make, and the risks that you take, every day when you put on your uniform and step out your front door to serve the citizens of our state,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “That is why we have always been, and continue to remain, fully committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the future success of the Maryland State Police.”
Among the members of the class, eight are military veterans, five previously worked in law enforcement or corrections, and three were Maryland State Police cadets. Eighteen of the recruits have college degrees and another 14 are enrolled in the concurrent Associate of Arts program with Frederick Community College, 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 the outstanding law enforcement services that 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.”