Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, was a rite of passage for the 165 men and women of the 88th Recruit Training Troop as they were sworn-in as Massachusetts State Police Troopers in a graduation ceremony at Springfield's MassMutual Center. Recruit Training Troop graduations, which mark the successful completion of a rigorous and highly disciplined course of instruction, applied policing procedures, and physical training, are noteworthy for their pageantry, ceremonial flourishes, and impressive display of drill maneuvers. The pomp and ceremony appropriately highlights and celebrates the dedication and commitment of those recruits who complete the challenging regimen at the Massachusetts State Police Academy, considered by many to be the gold standard of police academy training. A total of 249 members of the 88th RTT entered State Police Academy on Feb. 27, 2023. The 165 graduates who took the oath of Aug. 3 are now two weeks into their service, assigned to barracks patrols accompanied by a Field Training Officer, and are realizing the well-earned reward of the successful completion of their training, a calling to serve others as a member of the Massachusetts State Police.