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Graduation day comes for new state troopers



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Alexander Berry of Southbridge walks away after his State Police officer’s badge is pinned to his uniform. David Dore. (click for larger version)
March 13, 2012
WORCESTER — It took five months, plenty of studying and dirty laundry, and more than 1,400 pounds in lost weight, but they have finally reached the finish line.

The 208 members of the Massachusetts State Police's 80th Recruit Training Troop marked graduation day Friday, March 9 at the DCU Center. They fanned out to State Police barracks across Massachusetts Tuesday, March 13 for their first day of work as state troopers.

Before they could get their badges and appreciative hugs from loved ones, they had to complete 21 weeks of training at the State Police Academy in New Braintree.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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