Victor S. Ubieta, a Cutler Bay native, reported to his newly assigned duty post to begin his career as a Virginia State Police trooper on Nov. 24.
Ubieta is among the 50 troopers who graduated on Nov. 21 from the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond.
The graduates’ final phase of training requires each new trooper to spend a minimum of six weeks with a field-training officer (FTO) learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties. Ubieta begins this final phase on patrol in Richmond County, which is located in Virginia’s Northern Neck region.
To achieve their diplomas, members of the 122nd Basic Session had to complete a rigorous 26-week training period. The new troopers received instruction in more than 100 different subjects spanning hundreds of hours. Academy training includes such areas as traffic crash investigation, crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self defense, cultural diversity and firearms.
Prior to joining the Virginia State Police, the 30-year-old Ubieta served three years in the U.S. Army and another four years in the U.S. Navy. A decorated veteran, his military career included a deployment to Afghanistan.