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July 17, 2009

State Police Hail Graduates of the 81st
Trooper Youth Training Class

Sea Girt, NJ - Lt. Colonel Thomas Gilbert, Chief of Staff of the New Jersey State Police, today hosted commencement exercises for 106 high school students from across the state as they completed a week-long, educational program with the 81th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class. This is the second of four sessions run throughout the summer.

"The rigorous training these young men and women are exposed to will undoubtedly build character and discipline. It also serves as a glimpse into the training necessary to become a trooper in the New Jersey State Police," said LTC Gilbert. "It’s the toughest summer adventure they’ll ever love," he added.

The 'future" troopers of the 81th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class participated in a wide range of activities that simulate the actual police recruit training experience. The Trooper Youth cadets were exposed to the regimen of reveille, roll call, academic classes, tough physical fitness training and actual police field exercises.

Sponsored by the Department of Law & Public Safety and the Division of State Police, the Trooper Youth Week training program, which began in 1965, provides young people interested in a law enforcement career with "real life" police experience. Over the 40-year period, an estimated 4,000 students have participated in the program. Many of the graduates have gone on to careers in law enforcement on the federal, county, and local level. To date, 91 Trooper Youths have joined the ranks of the New Jersey State Police.

As part of the training program, State Police instructors placed special emphasis on exposing the Trooper Youth cadets to the unique pressures and problems associated with illegal drug use, teen violence and the aftermath of violent acts. The students also learned about New Jersey’s vast cultural diversity and the constitutional guarantees afforded all citizens.

Additionally, the Trooper Youth cadets explored practical and theoretical areas of police science, including the history and functions of the New Jersey State Police; crime scene investigation procedures; firearms safety; CPR and lifesaving techniques; motor vehicle law and safety; the rapidly expanding use of computers and technology in police work; teenage drinking and driving and use of the breathalyzer; and overall exposure to police work as a career.

List of graduates (PDF)

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