Vacancies Prompt Virginia State Police to Offer Abbreviated Academy

Virginia State Police are for the first time offering some recruits a chance to become troopers without completing a full six-month State Police Academy.

Virginia State Police are for the first time offering some recruits a chance to become troopers Image: Virginia State Police/FacebookImage: Virginia State Police/Facebookwithout completing a full six-month State Police Academy, reports the Associated Press.

The agency announced Friday that local law enforcement officers in Virginia can become state troopers by attending a two-month accelerated entry program.

State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty said the agency is facing vacancy rates approaching 50% in many field divisions. He hopes an abbreviated training program will appeal to officers who've already had on-the-job training.

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