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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 04, 2006


 
 
State Police Hail Graduates of the 72nd
Trooper Youth Training Class

Sea Girt, N.J. -- Attorney General Zulima V. Farber and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilbert, Deputy Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police today hosted commencement exercises for 73 high school seniors from across the state as they completed a weeklong, police-oriented educational program with the 72nd New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class.

"Looking to the future, we need motivated young people like yourselves to assist in the never-ending fight to reduce gang violence, bias crime, life-destroying narcotics activity, and other threats," Attorney General Farber told the graduates. "You are our greatest resource, and our greatest strength for ensuring a safer New Jersey in the years ahead. I encourage you to maintain the idealism and interest in public service you have shown during Trooper Youth Week."

"Over the many years the State Police have run this rigorous training program for young adults, we have often seen it create a profound impact on their lives," said Gilbert. "Furthermore, it may serve as an important stepping-stone to a career in law enforcement, or any other career they may seek. We commend them for their accomplishment," he added.

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 4000 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, 78 Trooper Youths have joined the ranks of the New Jersey State Police.

The "future" troopers of the 72nd New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class participated in a wide range of activities - 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.

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 and deadly 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.

Below is a list of the graduates:

72nd TROOPER YOUTH WEEK
First Name
Last Name
High School
DANIELLE AIMONE UNION CATHOLIC REGIONAL H.S.
ELISA AVILES INST OF TECH-WESTAMPTON
JOHN BARNETT JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP H.S.
TAL BAR-ON LENAPE H.S.
BRADLEY BARTOW II BELVIDERE H.S.
NICHOLAS BORRUSO CARDINAL MCCARRICK H.S.
PAMELA BRANNON CAPE MAY CO TECH H. S
KRYSTAL BROWN TRENTON CENTRAL H.S.
RYAN BUCK SCM AT SHORE REGIONAL H. S.
RYAN BULGIER RANCOCAS VALLEY REG H.S.
VINCENT BYRON CRANFORD SENIOR H.S.
KATIE CANTELL ABSEGAMI H.S.
NICHOLAS CAPRIO ARTHUR P SCHALICK H.S.
JOHN CONNELL MONSIGNOR DONOVAN H.S.
NICOLE CURLEY TOMS RIVER HIGH –NORTH H.S.
MOYAH DABLA RANCOCAS VALLEY REG H.S.
ROBERT DECANIO RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN REG H.S.
ANTHONY DELLA VECCHIA JR ABSEGAMI H.S.
TIM DEMPSEY NEW PROVIDENCE H.S.
JOSEPH DICKEY EASTERN CHRISTIAN H.S.
NICHOLAS DUGHI MAPLE SHADE H.S.
SHANE DUNFEE LENAPE H.S.
TIMOTHY DURSTEWITZ CAPE MAY CO TECH H.S.
JOSEPH FRASCELLA JACKSON MEMORIAL H.S.
JOSEPH GRIFFITHS EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP H.S.
STEVEN HARMON DUNELLEN H.S.
DOUGLAS HYMAN HOLMDEL H.S.
JESSE JEANNETTE J. F.KENNEDY MEMORIAL H.S.
ROBERT KAMRAD NOTTINGHAM H.S.
JAMES KARWACKI FLORENCE TWP MEM H.S.
RYAN KOHL ABSEGAMI H.S.
CHRISTOPHER LACH FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP H.S.
LUKE LANNO SOUTHERN REGIONAL H.S.
SURY A LAWSON TRENTON CENTRAL H.S.
JUSTIN LEVY MIDDLETOWN - SOUTH H.S.
MICHAEL LIMOLI DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL H.S.
LLOYD LOMELINO MONSIGNOR DONOVAN H.S.
DANIEL MADDEN WEST ESSEX H.S.
MATT MARCHATERRE HANOVER PARK H.S.
BRUCE MARKS JR GLOUCESTER CITY JR/SR H.S.
ANTHONY MAZZARA BRICK TOWNSHIP MEMORIAL H.S.
BRETT MCCARTHY PHILLIPSBURG H.S.
NICHOLAS MUELLER LACEY TOWNSHIP H.S.
ANNIE NAVARRO RANCOCAS VALLEY REG H.S.
DOMINIC NEMETH SETON HALL PREP
MATTHEW NISSEN RANCOCAS VALLEY REG H.S.
NICHOLAS NUCERA FLORENCE TWP MEM H.S.
JOSHUA O'DONNELL PILGRIM ACADEMY
CASEY PETROCY NORTH WARREN REGIONAL H.S.
MEGHAN POVICH PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP H.S.
CHRISTOPHER PUKENAS HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL
ANTHONY RHODES HAMMONTON H.S.
JERRY ROBBINS PHILLIPSBURG H.S.
ERIC RONCORONI BELVIDERE H.S.
TIMOTHY ROTH COLONIA H.S.
STEPHEN RUSSO NEW EGYPT HIGH SCHOOL
RAYMOND SCARPA HUNTERDON CENTRAL H.S.
ZACHARY SCHEWE SENECA HIGH SCHOOL
KATHERINE SEDAN NO VALLEY REG OLD TAPPAN-H S
ADAM SHELLENHAMER NORTH HUNTERDON REGIONAL H.S.
RYAN SINGER BAYONNE H.S.
MATTHEW SOLTIS ABSEGAMI H.S.
NICHOLAS SOUDERS HACKETTSTOWN H.S.
SAMANTHA SOUTHARD ALLENTOWN H.S.
CHEZADA SPORTELLI PHILLIPSBURG H.S.
JUSHUA STEPHENSON BRICK TOWNSHIP MEMORIAL H.S.
STEVEN TARBOUS MIDDLESEX H.S.
THOMAS TAYLOR MAPLE SHADE H.S.
MATTHEW TORRE TOMS RIVER HIGH - NORTH H.S.
ROBERT VOORHEES STEINERT HIGH SCHOOL
MATTHEW WALKER HOLY SPIRIT H.S.
MICHAEL WESTENBERGER MOUNTAIN LAKES H.S.
KURTIS WIERSMA CLIFTON H.S.


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