Henrico man becomes state trooper

James Darrington, Jr.
A Henrico man was one of 62 graduates of the 116th Basic Session of the Virginia State Police Academy last week.

James Leroy Darrington, Jr., of Glen Allen, became a state trooper and was assigned to Caroline County.

Four other graduates of the academy were assigned to patrol Henrico County. They are Aaron James, of New Haven, Conn.; Christopher Keene, of Richlands; Joseph Meza, of Maidens; and Michael Parham, Jr., of Richmond.

“The graduation of the 116th Basic Session is an event to be celebrated by the new troopers, their families, state police, and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

The 116th Basic Session began its 37-week training session Oct. 10, 2010. Since then, the new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, defensive tactics, cultural diversity, and firearms.

The new troopers reported to their new assignments on Monday. Each will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer while learning the territory of his or her patrol area..

The department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of trooper. Interested applicants should call the Virginia State Police Recruitment Office at 1-866-877-2329 or visit http://www.virginiatrooper.org.
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