For Immediate Release - March 09, 2012


Celebrates largest and most highly trained graduating class in the history of the State Police

State Police Graduation
Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan and Colonel Marian McGovern welcomed the 80th Recruit Training Troop to the ranks of the Massachusetts State Police. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office). View additional photos.

BOSTON – Friday, March 9, 2012 -- Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan and Colonel Marian McGovern today welcomed the 80th Recruit Training Troop to the ranks of the Massachusetts State Police. The 208 trainees were appointed to the rank of trooper at their State Police Academy Graduation Ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester. The new class of troopers was made possible by unwavering support from the Patrick-Murray Administration and members of the Legislature. After inspecting the troops, Governor Patrick addressed the graduates and administered the oath to the troopers.

“These graduates hold the honor of being the largest, most highly trained class the academy has ever produced, and the first in over five years,” said Governor Patrick. “I am pleased that we were able to secure the resources to make this happen for the State Police class, which includes some of the bravest, strongest and smartest citizens from every corner of the Commonwealth. 

This graduation ceremony is particularly significant because this is the largest graduating class in the history of the Massachusetts State Police and the first class since 2006. This class includes former police officers, firefighters, attorneys, health care professionals, military sergeants, business professionals and teachers. 

“The 80th Recruit Training Troop represents a unique class of hard working men and women, who have endured significant academic and physical training to achieve this accomplishment,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “The class includes almost a majority of veterans, some of which have served most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am proud to join the Governor in honoring all members of this class as they move forward to work together and protect communities across our Commonwealth.”

Of those graduating troopers, 103 are veterans and of those, 80 veteran graduates served tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq or both. These graduates have received the highest level of training ever offered to members of the department, which began in mid-October and lasted 21 weeks. Training curriculum included classroom study, physical training, defensive tactics and real-world law enforcement scenarios. These graduates participated in over 75 cutting-edge scenario-based exercises during the course of their training along with traditional academic and physical training. 

Early next week, the new troopers will begin a three month break-in period where they will be assigned to road patrols with a field training officer. The new troopers will increase police presence on state highways and roads, as all of the trainees will begin their careers as road troopers.

“This is the most prepared, well-trained class the State Police has ever graduated,” said Secretary Heffernan. “They are sorely needed within the ranks of the Department and in the communities they will serve, and we are anxious for their tours of duty to get underway.”

Due to attrition, the Commonwealth is currently down approximately 500 troopers from its most recent high point in the fall of 2006. The new troopers will increase police presence on state highways and roads, as all of the trainees will begin their careers as road troopers.

“Your commandant, your training directors, your drill instructors, your firearms and fitness and defensive tactics instructors have all given you the tools you need to succeed,” said Colonel McGovern. “That is, all the tools but one. The final piece, the quality upon which all the other skills and tools depend, is found inside each one of you. You brought it with you when you arrived in New Braintree that Monday morning in October more than five months ago. That quality is called heart and the fire that burns within it, that animates all you have learned. It is your heart that will allow you to be brave in the face of danger, relentless in your pursuit of justice, fair in your interactions with the public, and compassionate to those who look to you for help in their most vulnerable moments.”

A list of the new troopers and their hometowns follows:

Jason P. AbramoskiFoxborough
Paul S. AtenMendon
Matthew T. BairdSpencer
Richard H. BarnardWakefield
John J. BaslerKingston
Blake A. BeardenBedford
David C. BergeronMethuen
Alexander W. BerrySouthbridge
Paul J. BertozziMansfield
Peter Bien-AimeSomerville
Zachary J. BolcomePeabody
Christopher M. BoudreauNorthbridge
Kurt M. BourdonTaunton
Christopher A. BowersRandolph
Stephen M. BrowningBoston
Yuriy P. BukhenikAttleboro
Ray Moore Burton, IIIMedfield
Stephen A. BushayOrange
Sabay A. ButhLowell
Brendan E. CainWestborough
Michael P. CallahanQuincy
Rafael CazaresShrewsbury
Timothy J. ChiappiniDennis
Michael E. ChildWest Bridgewater
Eric ChoiMilton
Michael A. ClementAttleboro
Noah A. ClockPalmer
Daniel C. CloseQuincy
Michael R. CoanBoston
James M. ColellaFranklin
James M. Connolly, Jr.Stow
James A. CookWestfield
Derek J. CormierBellingham
Roland P. CormierAmesbury
Dwayne P. CorreiaRaynham
James B. CoyleNorwood
Jeffrey L. CutlipNew Marlborough
Matthew F. DaigleLowell
John R. DaileyMarshfield
Nicholas D. D'AngeloWrentham
Andrew J. DaSilvaNew Bedford
James D. DeAngelis, Jr.Marshfield
Costantino DeGisi, Jr.Waltham
Jonathan P. DeLucaSharon
Robert A. DeMeoHaverhill
Gregory A. DenysGoshen
Jose A. De PenaNewburyport
Steven A. DetschnerYarmouth
Patrick M. DevinQuincy
David M. DiCrescenzoNorwood
Matthew C. DitataNew Bedford
Douglas J. DolanCambridge
Ryan J. DolanConcord
Edwin M. DominguezBoston
Chad P. DoucetteSwampscott
Kenneth P. DowneyWeymouth
Ryan C. DoyleBoston
Kyle J. DuarteFall River
Mark D. DunnBraintree
Kiel D. DzivasenDouglas
Brian EstevezSaugus
Burt H. FahyMillis
Sérgio Daniel FigueiredoLudlow
Michael P. FinleyPlymouth
Sean P. FinnBridgewater
Thomas S. FiskWorthington
Brandon G. FloydLudlow
Joseph H. Flynn, VTownsend
Joseph T. FlynnQuincy
Douglas Charles FrancoeurDuxbury
Phillip A. Giardino, Jr.Foxborough
Douglas P. GroutAshland
Andrew J. GurryNorth Reading
Michael J. HainesQuincy
Joshua M. HanssenWestminster
Timothy J. HarringtonWorcester
Shawn D. HatchellPlymouth
Scott P. HayesReading
Steven S. HeanGill
Elijah J. HebertHolden
Sean W. HennesseySouth Dartmouth
Brandyn D. HensonNew Bedford
Malachy HigginsQuincy
Ethan T. HillmanSturbridge
Matthew D. HossHull
Patrick J. IrwinSalem
Benjamin J. JoressFramingham
Pierre M. JosephBrockton
Michael J. KadingoCarver
Ziad B. KamelBoston
Matthew F. KaneWestfield
Christopher J. KennedyWest Springfield
Sean M. KenneyChicopee
Seamus M. KentMarshfield
Kyle P. KilimonisBedford
Jeffrey D. KotkowskiDedham
Justin A. KruszynaCheshire
David P. LahairMillbury
William D. Lambirth, Jr.Ashland
Paul M. LangoneReading
Michael A. LeahyWorcester
Carol D. LeuriniWhitman
Christopher M. LipiecAthol
Jack LouieMalden
David C. LucasRockland
Michael J. Lucas, Sr.Petersham
Cristina J. Lucin-MaiettaBoston
Robert B. MacAleeseWalpole
Kevin P. MacDermottBridgewater
Michael P. MacDonaldHudson
Jerome P. MacDonald, IIIMarshfield
Paul B. MacDonald, Jr.Barnstable
Corey J. MackeyWestfield
Patrick E. MahadyBoston
Danish MalhotraAttleboro
James Matthew MaloneyLynnfield
Bunheng Ty MaoFoxborough
Christopher M. MartinRaynham
Paul L. MartinFall River
Felipe Martinez, Jr.Worcester
Luis M. MartinezSpringfield
Andrew J. MasonHanover
Ryan E. MauerPittsfield
Sean J. McClintockWorcester
Jonathan A. McClureDouglas
Patrick J. McCraveHaverhill
Stephan P. McKay, IIRaynham
Erin K. McLaughlinBoston
Michael T. McNallySpringfield
Patrick M. McNamaraPlymouth
Sean P. McNamaraClinton
Christopher J. MeleoFall River
Cory M. MeloWareham
Joseph R. MerrickMelrose
Eric D. MeschkeDudley
Daniel P. MillerPlymouth
Sean MilovanovicMethuen
Thiago O. MirandaMarlborough
Daniel E. MoranDudley
Chanel S. MoreauMethuen
Daniel S. MoroBraintree
Matthew J. MorrisseyCanton
Brendan J. MurphyBoston
Charles R. MurphyWorcester
Daniel K. NavinWaltham
Daniel E. NersessianHalifax
Daniel R. NunesTaunton
Mark E. O'BrienLynnfield
Michael J. O'BrienNorthampton
Jonathan S. O'LoughlinLancaster
Kevin A. OwenDartmouth
Matthew B. OwensBoston
Noah H. PackGill
Adam K. PaicosEaston
Nicholas R. PakAbington
Joseph W. PaulQuincy
Nicholas J. PellegrinoBoxborough
Jeffrey A. PelletierSpringfield
Timothy David PelletierPalmer
Antone PereiraWestport
Anthony J. PerezWorcester
Michael R. PerryPeabody
Joseph J. PettyPaxton
John PhonesavanhMalden
Christopher J. PierceWoburn
Scott F. QuigleyWoburn
Joseph J. RabbittPlymouth
Joseph M. ReenNorwood
Paul K. RegoBoston
Ali ReiNorth Brookfield
Eric James ResendesRehoboth
Ryan C. ResminiSomerville
Taylor R. RobidouxMethuen
Michael F. RockettQuincy
Thomas B. RodgerNorwood
Brendan J. RoperDartmouth
Joshua A. RuchoNorthbridge
Robert W. Ryan, IIIRoslindale
David Robert SalvucciChelmsford
Jorge A. SanchezFall River
Patrick M. ScanlonWilmington
Jayson SepulvedaSomerville
Jeffrey A. SimakauskasSpencer
Daren W. SnyderDalton
Shawn Joseph SolomonBoston
Jonathan R. SpencerWorcester
Norman B. StanikmasBellingham
Jack H. SternerWorcester
David N. StewartChelmsford
Matthew R. StoneHudson
Sean StoweTopsfield
David A. StrongHaverhill
Thomas J. Sullivan, IVBoston
Thomas W. SullivanSpringfield
John J. TaylorBerkley
Stephen F. TaylorPlymouth
Benjamin P. TherrienGardner
Kathryn A. TiezziDunstable
Thomas F. Tobin, Jr.Shrewsbury
Matthew O. TrombleyWesthampton
Jason E. TroutTaunton
Christopher Mark UlianaBelchertown
Steven J. ValairNorwood
Ryan M. WalczakTaunton
Donald M. WilmotOxford
Samuel H. WinstonAshburnham
Joshua D. WintersMilford
Benjamin John ZahnerHingham



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