Just when you thought it was safe to push the speed limit on I-84, more State Troopers will be out there as a new class just graduated here in Connecticut.

100 new state trooprs will be out there fighting crime and looking for you if you're pushing the speed envelope on any of the state roads in Connecticut.

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The latest class of state troopers was made possible by Governor Ned Lamont who signed a $6 million dollar funding bill that made it possible for not one, but two new classes of state troopers.

It's not that easy to actually make the cut and become an official Connecticut state trooper. According to a press release from the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Protection, the state trooper boot camp is six months long, 32 weeks of training, and over 1,500 hours of class time, which for this class was a mix of in person and online training due to the pandemic. This class of graduates started their training back on January 15.

Here's a break down and some interesting stats about the latest graduating class.

  • 76 of the 100 graduates were men, and 24 were women.
  • More than 50% have college degrees
  • 20 of the graduates have prior military experience
  • 27 are part of a minority group and 15 are bilingual
  • The youngest graduate was 22 and the oldest 49 years old  

Greater Danbury was well represented. Here are the local graduates for this most recent class:

Tim Allen from Danbury, Matthew Brew from New Milford, Nicanor Cardenas from Danbury, Nicolas Falstoe from Bethel, Brian Hanrahan from New Milford, Mitchell Lee from New Fairfield, Clifford Magloire from Danbury, John O’Leary from Danbury, Tyler Paustian from Danbury, Desiree Peterson from Roxbury, Colin Quaglino from New Fairfield, John Roth, Jr. from Danbury, Wilson Wong from New Milford.

The official graduation was held in Hartford at Dunkin Donuts Park, and despite the heat, the new troopers were in full uniform and are all looking forward to finally being done with the vigorous training, and set to enforce law and order throughout the state.

Here's a look at parts of the actually ceremony as reported on News Channel 8.

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