Coming soon to a big screen near you is a new 30-second promotional video seeking recruits for the Virginia State Police.
As the agency seeks to close gaps in staff vacancies within its ranks in specific areas, the video will show in movie theaters in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia through August 1, according to a news release.
A trailer of highlights of a VSP career, the video features scenes of search and rescue, graduation, a helicopter, K9s, traffic pursuits, community interaction and more with words across the screen reading: Are you looking for a (career that is) meaningful, exciting, heroic, rewarding that is doing good for the good of us all? Then join the team. Valor, service pride – we are Virginia State Police!”
This Wednesday, the Virginia State Police will welcome a 130th generation of new troopers to its Academy. This is the first class in the Department’s history that has hired applicants to fill particular vacancies within the field divisions. Traditionally, trooper-trainees would not find out their first patrol assignments until mid-way through their Academy training, the release stated.
“What may seem like a simple change in process is really a seismic shift for the Virginia State Police,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “For more than 85 years, new troopers and their families had to wait to find out where they would live and work after graduating the Academy.
“In today’s society, such a delay is too much of a burden for families having to relocate on short notice and has been a deterrent for some even applying to us. By hiring to existing trooper vacancies in the field, we are already seeing positive results within our recruitment efforts to attract qualified candidates.”
The Department welcomed 80 new troopers to its ranks Feb. 15. The Virginia State Police Academy is preparing for 79 new trainees as part of the 130th Basic Session.
The Virginia State Police is actively hiring for the 131st Basic Session, which is scheduled to begin in early 2020. Trainees are paid while attending the Academy and a year after graduation will earn $48,719, the release stated. Those assigned to Northern Virginia receive additional compensation due to the region’s higher cost of living. To meet a recruiter and for information about a career with the Virginia State Police, see vatrooper.com or vsp.virginia.gov.