Dublin, Radford, Bland natives among 37 graduates of 131st State Police Academy Basic Session

RICHMOND – The 37 members of the 131st Basic Session officially graduated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in advance of their originally scheduled graduation date of Friday, March 20, 2020. In accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s directives related to COVID-19, traditional commencement exercises were canceled for Friday for the 36 new Troopers and one new Special Agent Accountant.

“This is the first time in decades that state police has had to postpone an Academy graduation ceremony,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “However, this in no way diminishes the Department’s pride in or appreciation of these new Troopers and Special Agent Accountant joining our ranks. We look forward to bringing these men and women and their families to our campus at a later date in order to properly celebrate their accomplishments of completing the Virginia State Police Academy.”

Colonel Settle met with the graduates mid-morning Tuesday for an official Uniform Inspection and to share a few final words with the class. The new Troopers and Special Agent Accountant then filed into the Academy and proceeded up the marble steps – which is an honor only afforded the trainees upon graduation. At the top of the steps, Colonel Settle and the Academy Staff officially congratulated the graduates. Colonel Settle presented each graduate with a Superintendent’s Challenge Coin.

“Since these graduates will not receive their official diploma until their graduation ceremony, each was presented a Challenge Coin,” said Colonel Settle. “They are the only State Police graduates to ever receive a coin from the Superintendent, which I hope they accept as a constant reminder of their oath to serve our Commonwealth with valor and pride, especially during such challenging times.”

The class has received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The members of the 131st Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy on Aug. 21, 2019.

The graduates of the 131st Basic Session are from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as Florida, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina.

The new Troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia the week of March 23, 2020. For their final phase of training, each Trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area. Special Agent Accountant Mills will report to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office to begin his final training phase.


131st Basic Graduate                                      Hometown                                         Assignment

Ian Trent Abernathy                                        Chesapeake                             Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Abdulrahman Mohamed Aboutabl              Harrisonburg                                       Augusta

Thomas Jefferson Acosta, Jr.                          Jacksonville, FL                                   New Kent

Rafael J. Aguayo                                              Ridge, NY                                             Henrico

John Joseph Barrera, III                                  Williamsburg                                      Norfolk/Virginia Beach

William Hooker Bonnet, IV                            Forest                                                   Arlington

Anthony Joseph Bradt, Jr.                               Bloomingburg, NY                             Prince William

Shane Douglas Brooks                                    Chilhowie                                            Roanoke

Jacob Allen Burke                                            Radford                                               Arlington

Travis Todd Carr                                                Ivor                                                     Isle of Wight

Adam Van Clampitt                                          Lynchburg                                          Campbell

Ridge Tamos Duncan                                      Burke                                                   Prince William

Johnathan Dale Fish                                        Lynchburg                                           Chesterfield

Timothy Manning Fisher                                 Wake Forest, NC                                 Accomack

Sean Edward Glennan                                     Sewell, NJ                                            Henrico

Joshua Bryan Good                                         Luray                                                   Shenandoah

Cody Edward Gray                                          Bland                                                   Russell

Ricky Ray Hairston                                          Eden, NC                                             Campbell

Jordan Holt Hamlett                                       Naruna                                                Campbell

Joseph Holloman, III                                       Windsor                                               Brunswick

Nathan Allen Jennings                                    Dublin                                                  Roanoke

Duane Hunter Knox                                         Troutdale                                            Roanoke

Jackson Stuart Peach Lowther                        Gloucester                                           Frederick

Brooke Louise Martin                                     Mechanicsville                                    New Kent

John Hume Mills*                                           Gainesville                                          Appomattox

Paul Steven Perry                                            Gate City                                 Portsmouth/Suffolk/Chesapeake

Indiana Jacob Raccanello                               Locust Grove                                       Culpeper

Jacob William Reaves                                     Chatham                                             Greene

Dru Imani Khianti Redden-Robinson               Chantilly                                              Fairfax

Travon Lamont Smith                                     South Hill                                            Brunswick

Derek Emanuel Spencer                                  Abingdon                                             Botetourt

Nathan Andrew Stidham                                Wise                                                    Craig

Larry Darnell Tucker, Jr.                                  Hurt                                                     Amherst

Benjamin Perfecto Villa, II                              Palmyra                                               Augusta

Alexander Frederick West                              Culpeper                                             Frederick

Shawn Douglas Williams                                Ewing                                                  Nottoway

Holden Seth Young                                         Lebanon                                              Botetourt

*Special Agent Accountant