Stephens City man is sent to Frederick to become trooper

Posted: June 11, 2014

The Winchester Star

G. Adam Shahan

KERNSTOWN — G. Adam Shahan of Stephens City has been posted to Frederick County to begin his field training as a Virginia State Police trooper, according to a department media release.

Shahan, 35, was one of 44 troopers to graduate Friday from the 121st Basic Session at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond, the release states.

The graduates began their training in August 2013. They received more than 1,500 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.

Their final phase of training began Monday when the new troopers reported to their respective duty assignments. Each trooper will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties.

Shahan said becoming a trooper was a long time coming for him.

“When I moved to Virginia 11 years ago, it was my desire to work for Virginia State I was always told how squared away Virginia troopers were,” Shahan stated in the release.

Those interested in becoming a trooper are encouraged to visit the Virginia State Police Recruitment Office’s website at

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