New recruits will soon join the ranks of Hanover law enforcement.
During a June 28 ceremony, a total of 15 students graduated from the law enforcement basic academy.
Col. David Hines, Hanover sheriff, welcomed the graduating class to the law enforcement family. Though they’ve graduated, Hines said, the training “won’t ever stop.”
“We’ve hired each student for his or her character,” he said. “It’s something we can’t teach.”
Hines also reminded each student that one thing they must never forget is their family.
“When you go home at night, you go home to your family. When you retire, you go back to your family,” Hines said.
All speakers noted the importance of teamwork. Deputy James Cooper told the class to “never give up” and that “being a part of a team is important.”
Class leader Troy Payne, 43, worked for a private sector making sure hospitals and other clients are in compliance with health and safety laws. Payne said he decided to switch careers so that he could have a job with a little more meaning and “kick the cubicle.”
“I wanted to make an impact and thought this was proactive in making the world a better place,” Payne said.
After three months of field training, where Payne will use everything he learned out in the field, Payne will officially be an officer. He said he wants to do the best job he can when on his own out in the field.
“I’m excited to use what I’ve learned [during the past 22 weeks of training],” Payne said.
There’s a chance, Payne said, that he might attempt something in the Forensic Science department because of his biology degree.
In addition to 11 Hanover graduates, four recruits from Caroline, Goochland, and New Kent counties graduated from the academy.
Nine of the graduates will enter into their final phase of their training as patrol deputies where they will spend at least 12 weeks with a field-training officer. The two remaining graduates will receive additional training as court service deputies.
Over the past 22 weeks, each graduate successfully completed more than 820 hours of instruction. Recruits were also tested on more than 1,300 training objectives established by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.