|CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice spoke at a graduation ceremony today for the West Virginia State Police’s 68th Cadet Class.|
The event, which was held in the theater of the State Culture Center in Charleston, celebrated the successful graduation of 32 new cadets from the West Virginia State Police training course. It marked the third State Police cadet class graduation since November 2018. Before that, the WVSP had not graduated any new cadet classes for nearly four full years.
The course includes hundreds of hours of training in subjects like defensive tactics, firearms, criminal law, traffic law, crash investigation, crime scene investigation, cultural diversity, and emotional intelligence.
“I know you’re ready to go, but you’re ready to go at the most turbulent time that you could most possibly have,” Gov. Justice said. “You’ve got a lot of folks in the wilderness out there that are willing to throw rocks, or bricks, or a bottle of water, or whatever at you and it’s not right, but you can look at where you’re going as either the glass half-full or the glass half-empty.
“I would challenge you to think that it is an honor beyond belief to be you today. I mean, you didn’t sign up for the easy stuff,” Gov. Justice continued. “Really and truly, you signed up to be who you are at a time when really and truly there’s an assault on our police forces. There’s a divide, there are issues all around you, there are challenges beyond belief. And you gotta handle it.
“I’ll promise you, to God above, if you will look at the situation and the circumstances that have happened as an honor, you will be not only loved, but you will become our heroes as we move forward.”