Maine’s 14 newest state troopers, including three for Troop C in Kennebec and Somerset counties, received their badges Friday in a ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

The three Troop C troopers are Eric Bronson, of Madison; Eric Ward, of Wilton; and Jacob Roddy, of Belgrade.

Bronson was a police officer for the Madison Police Department and a deputy for the Kennebec Coiunty Sheriff’s Office and is a graduate of Lawrence High School in Fairfield and Kennebec Valley Community College.

Roddy graduated from Messalonskee High School in Oakland in 2011 and from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2015.

Ward grew up in Davenport, Iowa, and worked as a police officer for two police departments in Iowa and the Auburn Police Department.

The new troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized training and will patrol with a veteran trooper before patrolling on their own, according to a news release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

According to the release, state police still have 25 trooper vacancies out of 330 positions after Friday’s additions. Seven more prospective troopers continue to train at the academy, the release said.

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