INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia state police welcomed 19 new members Friday when the 63rd cadet class graduated from the State Police Academy.

The ceremony was held at West Virginia State University in an auditorium packed with family members and fellow Troopers.

For the past 25 weeks the cadets attended class and underwent physical and mental training. Come Monday, they’ll their report to their new detachments to begin work.

Trooper J.S. Syner was on hand to pin a badge to the uniform of his son, N.S. Syner.

“It means more than anything in the world,” said the new trooper. “I’ve dreamed for years of (my dad) getting to pin my badge.”

His father said his son showed an interest in joining the force when he was younger.

“Now there’s two of us,” said Syner’s father. “It’s definitely a proud day for us! He’s always told me that, ‘I’m going to be a trooper.’ I encouraged it.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who was on hand in September to administer the oath of office to 21 cadets, was the keynote speaker at Friday’s graduation.

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  • RDC

    This once proud organization has meta-morphed from law enforcement and protection to revenue collecting. W V is not alone, throughout the country a State Trooper spends 90% of his time writing speeding tickets. What a waste.

    • Jonus Grumby

      Please cite the source of your stats.

  • Col. Klink

    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to piss so many people off, maybe I could have worded it differently, but what the heck! and to Sam I say bulls--- that family members are looked at harder. I knew over a year pryor too this class one of the cadets name , because his uncle told me this young man was in,and by the way his uncle is an retired state trooper.

    • WV Hillbilly

      Colonel KLINKer, you still make no sense. Guess you are saying that children should be forbidden from the same line of work as a parent??

  • Jim N Charleston

    My only question is will this increase my chances of getting a ticket for speeding? I mean sometimes you got to feed the speed to your ride. Let your rig roll.

    I'm Jim N So Charleston

    • Jonus Grumby

      Only if you break traffic laws. Got it?

  • WV Proud

    So Col Klink you think that because his father was a trooper he shouldn't get a shot at his dream of serving our State? That doesn't make sense. He may very well go on to be one of the best we've had. Good luck young troopers. You have earned your spot.

  • sam

    Well, just to let you know cadets that are related to past or present troopers are looked at harder in the investigation phase just because of people like col klink. This is way alot of good cadets are passed up because of something or someone that their mom or dad pissed off. Way to go. I fully support these troopers and all law enforcement of West Virginia.

  • Brian

    Congrats troopers! Look forward to a respected organization with danger and low pay for years to come. Yet you're in a position to do some boots on the ground good for this state, even more than those who pass the laws you're sworn to uphold.

  • Col. Klink

    Nepotism at it best, just because the father is a State Police doesn't mean the son will make a good one. This is why they don't get quality people anymore, because of the favortism showed to family members. He probably didn't have to go thru the investigative phase of the recruitment. I respect the WV State Police but this is wrong!

    • Izskybound

      Trooper Syner Jr is a former student of mine. He has always displayed integrity and worked hard in the classes he has had with me. With his military service and hard work ethics, I do not believe for a second he is only there because of nepotism. Col. K link I think you owe him an apology.

    • Jonus Grumby

      You know not what you speak.

    • The Real Deal

      If I remember correctly COL Klink you are somehow affiliated with the WVDOC, based on your previous posts on other articles. If that is indeed the case let me say "hello pot, my name is kettle". The WVDOC is the epitome of nepotism and favoritism in the state of WV. Maybe he who is without sin should cast the first stone.

      On another note, Good for you Trooper Syner (Jr.). Nothing can make a father prouder than having his son emulate his example, and for Trooper Syner Sr., thank you for your service to public safety and for being a father who supports his son!

    • mark

      No amount of nepotism in the world would help him get through the background investigation and then 25 weeks of vigorous class and training.

    • ViennaGuy

      - He probably didn't have to go thru the investigative phase of the recruitment. -

      Wow, what an accusation to make without proof to back it up.

      Congratulations to the newest members of the West Virginia State Police!

    • WV Hillbilly

      Col. KLINK. You are full of it. You don't have a clue. I have been there, done that. So, should a family member be forbidden, banned, or requires to do twice as much?