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RICHMOND -- A handful of the 62 graduates from the Virginia State Police Academy start patrolling the highways in or near their hometowns Monday.

Members of the 116th Basic Session graduated from the academy in Richmond on Friday, according to a press release from the state police. Graduates began the 37-week training session Oct. 10 that included hundreds of hours of instruction in more than 100 subjects, the release states. The final training phase begins Monday when troopers report to their duty assignments and spend a minimum of six weeks of field training.

• Trooper Anthony W. Backus, 27, of Winchester and a graduate of Radford University, reports for duty in his native Frederick County.

• Trooper Charles R. Scally, 28, of Bealeton, has associates degrees in business management and computer science from Lord Fairfax Community College, and reports for duty in Warren County.

• Trooper Kevin A. Zirkle, 30, originally from Mt. Jackson and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor's degree in economics and business, reports for duty in Botetourt County.

• Trooper Christopher T. McCutcheon, 30, of Broadway and a Virginia Tech graduate, reports for duty in Rockingham County.

Those interested in a career with agency may contact its recruitment office at 866-877-2329 or by visiting www.virginiatrooper.org.

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