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By Susan Larson. Photo of Trooper M.S. Burgett provided by the Virginia State Police.

Trooper Matthew Scott Burgett, 23, graduated January 8, 2016, from the Virginia State Police Academy as a member of the 123rd Basic Session. He will report to duty January 11 in Stafford County. His first patrol assignment is Area 5, which is part of the Culpeper Division.

The Fredericksburg native earned an associate’s degree from Germanna Community College (GCC) and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Burgett said he joined the state police because, “…of the prestigious reputation the Department has and the honor to be called a Virginia State Trooper.”

Trooper Burgett volunteers his time as a firefighter with the Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Burgett is one of 74 new troopers and one special agent accountant who graduated from the Virginia State Police 123rd Basic Session.

According to the Virginia State Police, the new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self defense, cultural diversity and firearms.

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