INSTITUTE, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Police is going to try a new program in an effort to address the ongoing manpower issues within the department.

The State Police announced Tuesday plans to implement an Accelerated Cadet Program (ACP) for the 64th Cadet Class.

This program will have qualifying candidates put through an 11 week training course at the West Virginia State Police Academy, as compared to the 25 weeks of training for a regular Cadet Class.

In order to qualify for consideration to participate in the ACP, applicants must have successfully completed the Basic Program at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

In a State Police release, Colonel C. R. “Jay” Smithers made the following statement about the program.

“The Accelerated Cadet Program offers an opportunity for qualified law enforcement officers within West Virginia to become a West Virginia State Trooper and forego taking Academy classes that they previously completed during the Basic Program,” said Smithers. “I believe this program will prove to be cost effective and will allow the Agency to put qualified Troopers in the field more expeditiously.”

Recruiting and the acceptance of applications began Monday. Testing for the 64th Cadet Class will begin in November. Training is expected to begin March 24, 2014.

Interested officers are encouraged to contact either their local detachment of the West Virginia State Police or visit for more information.

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  • Mike

    You guys are tough on here talking crap about the State Police while hiding behind your keyboard and fake screen names. I'm betting those talking smack have criminal records.

    • lifetimehunter

      No record here

  • Dale

    WV Patriot and wvtd, I hope you and your families never need the services of the WVSP. But if you do, I'm sure they will do everything within their power to bring those responsible to justice and once again make life as normal for you as they can. Knowing you detest their existence. From what I read from you two, I'd say you are both cowards!

  • Dale

    WV Patriot, you are very quick to categorize an entire agency because of the actions of a few "bad apples". No end in site you say. What does that mean? You infer you have a lot of knowledge about the WV State Police. You probably don't even know one personally. What would we do without them?

  • lifetimehunter

    More hires like the one that seems to enjoy riding people's bumper like the one hanging around Terra Alta. I would love to see him get a brake check.

    • wvtd

      let them eat your bumper then get a lawyer.
      any more these people are more like thugs than neighbors.

  • WV Patriot

    If you can't get qualified applicants for a job then lower the standard for employment... You end up with those of low moral standards and intelligence . With all the corruption in the State Police with no end in site who would want to be a State Police Officer..

    • wvtd

      a professional killer who hates the citizens.