by Jennifer Rose Bryant
Trooper J. Travis Kilman, a Warsaw native, is one of the Virginia State Police’s newest Academy graduates.
“Always help those in need, treat everyone with respect, continue to challenge yourself, and never stop learning,” is Trooper Kilman’s personal motto that he lives by every day.
After graduating from Rappahannock High School, Kilman was injured on the job at a lumber yard and decided that he needed a new career path, so he began taking classes at Rappahannock Community College. Growing up in the Northern Neck, Kilman says he had “good interactions with law enforcement and saw them as role models.” Their goal of “being a help to people” sparked the same desire in him.
Working Hard Every Day
He worked at Haynesville Correctional Center to get his start in law enforcement. While working at the prison, he gained valuable experience and kept up with his RCC classes, sometimes taking just one or two classes per semester due the demands of working 12-hour shifts. He says it was a struggle that occasionally hindered his ability to quickly earn his degree.
Kilman says RCC instructor Jack Moore mentored and guided him through the program to his goal of earning an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. “Keep trying and don’t give up. Always continue to study and learn,” adds Kilman.
Trooper Kilman lives in West Point and is on duty in New Kent County. He enjoys his job and plans to be in it for life with his sights set on becoming part of a Tactical Team and then the Executive Protection Unit. Kilman’s advice to others is, “Keep trying and don’t give up. Sometimes the timing isn’t right but don’t let an opportunity pass you by.”
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