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Hewitt joins Virginia State Police

Posted: July 19, 2011 4:36 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A Kershaw County native was among 62 new Virginia State Police troopers who started their career patrolling in counties and along interstates across the Commonwealth this month. The newest troopers – including Charles E. Hewitt -- were members of the 116th Basic Session which graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond June 24.

Hewitt, 29, of Camden, earned a bachelor degree from Emory & Henry College. Prior to joining the Virginia State Police, he served three years with the U.S. Army, during which time he was assigned to the First Cavalry Division in Iraq. Hewitt reported to duty to patrol Henrico and Hanover counties.

The 62 graduates began their rigorous 37-week training session Oct. 10, 2010. During that time, the new troopers received instruction in more than 100 different subjects spanning hundreds of hours. Academy training included such areas as crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self defense, cultural diversity and firearms.

The graduates’ final phase of training began when the new troopers reported to their respective duty assignments. Each trooper will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties. 

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