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December 19, 2003

State Police And Rutgers University Offer Internship

     West Trenton - Attorney General Peter Harvey and State Police Superintendent Joseph R. Fuentes today welcomed five Rutgers University-Newark students into an internship program designed to further State Police recruiting efforts through academics. The ceremony was held at the State Police Museum and Learning Center, located at Division Headquarters on River Road.

     The program, known as the New Jersey State Police Scholars Program, is a scholarship program between the State Police and Rutgers University-Newark. The program is designed to recruit qualified college students into a law enforcement career. Under the Scholars Program, students work a paid internship under the supervision of the State Police while completing their degree.

     Doctor Michael Maxfield, a Professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice-Newark, developed the program in June 2001. Dr. Maxfield also developed and conducts a "State Police Pro" seminar, which all Scholar applicants are required to take.

     "This represents a unique partnership between the State Police and Rutgers University-Newark," said Attorney General Peter Harvey. "We are committed to continuing this initiative in 2004 and into the future."

     The Scholars are recruited from campus "career days" and publications within the Career Development Office at Rutgers University-Newark. A maximum of 10 Scholars are chosen each year to be Scholars. Scholars are then assigned to a paid internship at a State Police facility, under the supervision of a member of the State Police, who serves as a mentor to assist them in their internship. Scholars may work up to a maximum of 940 paid hours per year. In addition to the internship, Scholars will be paid a yearly stipend towards their tuition of $5000.00. Scholars are required to sign a commitment form in which they agree to serve as a State Trooper for as many years as they were in the Scholars Program.

     "I want to identify the best qualified individuals and encourage them to serve with us in the State Police," said State Police Superintendent Joseph R. Fuentes. "This program offers those selected a great opportunity to become a New Jersey State Trooper."

     The five Scholars who entered the program today are:

Lukas Babiak

Union City, Union Co.

Christopher Campana

Butler, Passaic Co.

Kristopher Heine

Newton, Sussex Co.

Christian Martinez

Jersey City, Hudson Co.

Michael Watson

Marlton, Burlington Co.

     To become a scholar, applicants must be a full time Rutgers University-Newark student, and possess a sincere desire to pursue a career with the State Police. Currently, only students from this institution are eligible to become Scholars. Students must be entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study, and may be enrolled in any major or area of concentration. Students who are enrolled in the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Accelerated Masters program are eligible to apply. Upon completion of the Scholars Program, students are required to meet all eligibility requirements, including successful graduation from the State Police Academy.

     To get information on the New Jersey State Police Scholars Program, contact the recruiting office toll free at 1-877-NJSP-877, or e-mail Other recruiting information can also be found at the New Jersey State Police website,

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