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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 10, 2004


 
 
STATE POLICE RECRUITS GRADUATE TRAINING ACADEMY & RECEIVE ASSIGNMENTS ACROSS STATE

100 New Troopers From The 137th and 138th New Jersey State Police Recruit Training Classes Complete Intensive 21 Week Training Program

Asbury Park, N.J. - Attorney General Peter Harvey and State Police Superintendent Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes today presented badges to New Jersey's newest state troopers during graduation ceremonies at the Asbury Park Convention Hall/Paramount Theater.

"These young men and women have completed a rigorous course of training - among the finest in the nation," Acting Governor Richard Codey said. "They have met the strict demands of course work, endured intense physical preparation, and continued to meet their responsibilities to their families."

The Governor noted that in the post September 11th world, "The State Police serve as New Jersey's frontline of defense, the primary unit responsible for domestic security. Each new trooper faces tremendous challenges and responsibilities to protect the safety of New Jersey's citizens."

"As troopers, you will confront many dangers, and you will often be called on to deal with some of society's most difficult individuals. In addition, you will work in a far more diverse, populous and complex society than your predecessors did," said Attorney General Peter Harvey.

"But whatever the mission, I urge you to always remember your commitment as members of the New Jersey State Police -- to balance vigilance with even-handed law enforcement, to all citizens."

According to Colonel Fuentes, the 50 trooper-recruits of the 137th and 50 trooper-recruits of the 138th classes embarked on their training more than a year ago with the filing of initial employment applications.

"Today, the troopers of the 137th and 138th New Jersey State Police classes have completed a very long journey," Col. Fuentes said. "It is truly an honor to congratulate each trooper and to wish the newest members of the New Jersey State Police success and godspeed as they report to their duty assignments. Today's troopers face a more complex world and have less margin for error. They must think and act independently and possess the self-confidence and focus to perform their job constitutionally and with compassion," he added.

According to Capt. William Toms, commandant of the State Police Training Academy, the Training Bureau has undergone significant changes during the past several years. Changes include a new recruit evaluation system designed to compliment the adult-based learning methodology, wireless internet laptop research supported by a newly appointed academy librarian, significantly smaller class size for pre-service training, use of firearms simulation training scenarios and the implementation of an instructor/recruit mentor program. Additionally, each individual lesson plan used during the course of pre-service training was completely reviewed in-house and through various governmental and private educational testing facilities to insure conformity with independent training requirements. Also, the trooper recruits have been fully trained in the use of police computer systems and each will utilize a portable laptop computer from which police-related information can be quickly and accurately obtained and police reports can be entered directly into the revamped State Police data collection systems.

The 137th and 138th classes were also challenged in the specific areas of constitutional search and seizure with the implementation of revised State Police guidelines and exhaustive classroom and practical training scenarios involving the legal use of search and seizure procedures. The recruits participated in extensive training and role-playing exercises which focused on responding to and handling domestic violence situations, human dignity and human relations exercises, cultural diversity and sensitivity training and the State Police initiative of community policing and community relations. In the area involving cultural diversity and minority instruction, the trooper recruits received extensive and detailed instruction from experts outside of the State Police, including representatives from ethnic, cultural, community and professional organizations. Such interactive training included extensive lecture, practical exercises and role-playing in cultural diversity and awareness, especially as they relate to the role of police in our society.

In commenting on the overall selection process for State Police recruit training classes, Col. Fuentes reported that each applicant applying to the State Police is required to have a minimum of 60 college credits plus two years of work experience or, alternatively, a bachelor's degree.

Col. Fuentes said that as probationary troopers, the 100 troopers from the two classes will be assigned to stations throughout the state and, over the next 11 weeks, the new troopers will begin their careers under the watchful eye of their Trooper-Coaches and supervisors.

The graduates of the 137th State Police recruit training class include:

137th NAMES and ADDRESSES
NAME
CITY/TOWN
AGENS, James C
Blairstown
ARNOLD, Kristopher K
Brick
BARBIRE, Anthony M
Hawthorne
BATTAGLIA, Salvatore
North Haledon
BRAIN, James S
Roselle Park
BURR, Jeffrey A
Basking Ridge
CERNIGLIA, Michael T
Morganville
COBO, Stephen A
Hopatcong
CRESONG, Christian M
Marlton
DECESARE Jr., Nicholas R
Jersey City
DI LILLO, Matthew A
Hackettstown
DIPPLE, Jeffrey R
Milford
DURAK, Matthew J
Bayonne
FAHY, Karen L
Little Egg Harbor
GODISH, Gregory M
Washington Township
GOLENIECKI, Matthew J
Hamilton Township
GRIFFIN, Christopher M
Brick
HANNIGAN, John P
Hainesport
HEIMBACH, Jeffrey R
Boonton
JOHNSON, Russell C
Leonia
JONES, Christopher J
Hammonton
KAZAN, Jason B
Bayonne
LALLEY Jr., Raymond E
Edison
LEIP, Michael D
Hamilton
MASSINGILL, Shelley L
Hamilton
MATIER, James P
Matawan
MENDES, Jason M
Brick
MILLER, Charles D
Jackson
MITCHELL, Aaron H
Linden
MOLCHAN, Ryan S
East Brunswick
MORIN, Matthew J
Spring Lake Heights
MURRAY, Michael C
Williamstown
NOLFO, John A
Franklin Lakes
PEARCE, Dale L
Forked River
PIZZALI, Ricardo J
Lodi
POGORZELSKI Jr., Richard
Carteret
POWERS, Matthew N
Morristown
PROVENZANO, Christopher M
Ventnor City
RONK, Christian A
Elizabeth
ROSARIO, Jamell
Vineland
SALGADO, Luis S
Newark
SCIORTINO Jr., Paul J
Hopelawn
SHELTON, Richard J
Plainsboro
SPEDALIERE, Andrew P
Beachwood
SZAFRANSKI IV, John
Lanoka Harbor
TORRES Jr., Robert
Landisville
TUMMILLO, Peter H
Red Bank
VERHEECK, Michael K
Montague
WALSH, Thomas J
Kenvil
WILLIAMS Jr., George M
Egg Harbor


The graduates of the 138th State Police recruit training class include:

138th NAMES and ADDRESSES
NAME
CITY/TOWN
AGACCIO, Nicholas
Frenchtown
ARIZA, Erik M
Bridgeton
AUGE, George V
Lindenwold
BAILEY, Eric A
Camden
BARLOW, Patrick K
Allentown
BEHNKE, Gregory S
Toms River
BLAZE, Clark K
Kearny
BURRELL, Thomas L
Belleville
CARVALHO, Licinio E
Newark
CASTRO, Pablo
Clifton
COLICCHIO, Michael L
South Plainfield
COPPOLA, Joshua
Lincoln Park
CRUZ, Alex
Monroe Twp.
DE JESUS, David
Freehold
EVERINGHAM, Neil A
Bridgeton
FERRIGNO, Thomas J
Metuchen
GIANCOLA, Thomas A
New Milford
HAWKSWELL, Brent J
Green Twp.
HOEFFNER, Colleen M
Hawthorne
HOLGUIN JR., Miguel A
Cliffside Park
HUSBAND, Kevin C
Bridgeton
ITRI, Joseph F
Brick
JONES, Christopher L
Somerdale
KOPEC JR., Robert J
Clifton
KURZAWA, Mark S
Kearny
LUCARINI, Ernest W
Laurel Springs
MARTINEZ, Christian
Jersey City
MASON, Anthony T
Lakewood
MASUCCI, Michael V
Barnegat
McGOURTY, John D
Annandale
MILLS, Christopher K
Andover
MOTTOLA, Steven V
Yardville
NATE JR., Daniel G
Woodbury Heights
NIEMCZYK, Michael
Parsippany
NYEKAN JR., Augustus D
Burlington
PATEL, Nitesh H
Parsippany
PELLEGRINO, Marc V
Somerville
PLANTIER, Ryan W
Burlington
POKRYWA, Craig B
Andover
PUHLOVSKY, Jorge S
Franklin Lakes
RAMELLINI, Christopher J
Manalapan
REED, Mark A
Wayne
ROMAN, Rene
Elizabeth
ROSA, Wilson R
Vineland
SANTAMARIA, Joseph B
Browns Mills
SEPEDE, John J
Lincoln Park
TALTY, Sean M
Pine Brook
TOWMAN, Kristopher J
Summit
TOWNSEND, Michael D
Barrington
VAN LENTEN, Michael S
Wayne

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