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State Police Academy graduates 53 cadets

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 The West Virginia State Police on May 3 graduated 53 new troopers from its Academy, located in Institute, one day after a Trooper was injured in a Randolph County shooting.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, speaking at the commencement, congratulated the new troopers while expressing support for the family of the injured officer.

"What happened yesterday in Randolph County is a terrible reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face," Tomblin told the cadets. "I've very thankful State Police Cpl. Andre Loudin is in stable condition. Joanne and I will be praying for the corporal and his family and wish him a speedy recovery.

Loudin, of the crimes against children unit, was interviewing William Dumire Thursday afternoon when Loudin was shot with a handgun near Elkins Middle School. Loudin was taken to a Morgantown hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Loudin is a 10-year veteran of the West Virginia State Police.

"This incident is also a reminder of the very important work performed by our law enforcement agencies," Tomblin said. "They are committed to protecting our communities, and they do an outstanding job."

Tomblin went on to thank the new troopers for their dedication to public safety and encouraged them to remember the state's residents are thankful for their service.

The West Virginia State Police formed in 1919 and is the nation's fourth oldest state police organization, according to Tomblin's office. Troopers receive training from the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute, where they undergo a 24-week training program. This is the 62nd Cadet Class to graduate from the Academy.

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