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Mass. State Police Set to Graduate First Academy Class Since 2012


NEW BRAINTREE, Mass. (WGGB) — For the past 23 weeks, these men and women from all over Massachusetts have trained day and night at this facility in New Braintree with one goal in mind: to become Mass. state troopers.

For the past 23 weeks, 174 men and women from across the state have trained day and night at the State Police Academy in New Braintree as they prepare to become the Commonwealth’s newest State Troopers.

Recruit Andrew Hamilton describes the intense training. “It’s just non-stop from 5:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night,” he says.

The 174 recruits are the first class to graduate since 2012.

Superintendent Col. Timothy Alben says that even with the new Troopers, they are still down several hundred troopers in recent years.

“They are much needed. Our staffing has gone down significantly since 2006,” Alben explains.

The academy is highly competitive with most applicants turned away each class as they search for the best of the best.

Many of these future troopers are former military and local law enforcement. Recruits like Hamilton, who served as a Marine for more than a decade before entering the academy.

“I like being part of a team, part of a unit and I couldn’t think of a better place than the Mass. State Police,” Hamilton adds.

Bachir Kouta has worked as a police officer in Plymouth and has been trying to make the transition to trooper since 2006. Now, he’s just a week away from that dream becoming a reality.

“It’s just luck, so now I got my second chance and I’m very proud and happy for it,” Kouta says.

The recruits are set to graduate from the academy on Friday, May 9. They will then go through three months of field training where they are paired up with another state trooper.

Alben says he hopes to put through a new class every year to meet the demand as troopers retire.

Right now, the next class is set for the end of next year.

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