Officer Charette

PRINCETON — Returning to his hometown, a new patrolman has recently graduated and is ready to hit the streets with the Princeton City Police Department.

Graduating early this month, Patrolman B.L. Charette completed 16 weeks of training at the West Virginia State Police Academy. Having completed his courses he will now complete 12 weeks of FTO, or field training.

“It was challenging. There were 59 people in my class from all over the state,” Charette said, “There were many classes we went through that ranged from traffic to criminal law, DUI, domestic violence, search and seizure, and more.”

According to Charette, his class consisted of law enforcement from the city and county level.

Prior to entering the academy, Charette served at the Princeton City Police Department for several months. According to Charette, the department allows you to work for a short period of time prior to graduating.

The law enforcement garb is not the first uniform that Charette has stepped into. Prior to his service in law enforcement, he served in the United States Marine Corps where he traveled far from his home town of Princeton.

Regarding how the WVSP Academy compared to his military training, Charette said, “It was actually pretty similar to boot camp. It was definitely challenging, but they both had a lot of physical training. There was much more academic stuff at the police academy.”

Having served the county during his time in the Marine Corps, Charette looks forward to now serving his home town of Princeton.

“I enjoy the job. It’s an honor to be back and to work in the community that I’m from. I’ve been provided the tools I need to be successful and I’m thankful for that,” Charette said.

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