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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 05, 2005


 
 
83 New Troopers Graduate Academy & Receive
Assignments Across the State

140th and 141st New Jersey State Police Recruit Training Classes
Complete Intensive 26-Week Training Program

Asbury Park - 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 Sea Girt Training Facility.

"The State Police is a dynamic law enforcement organization, a nationally respected organization, and an organization in the midst of becoming even stronger through historic change," Attorney General Peter C. Harvey told the graduates. "The demanding nature of State Police work-and the complexity of the challenges involved for those who do it-calls for people of strength, people of character, and people who are willing to step up and assume the burden of leadership. Having successfully completed your training, you new members of the State Police family have shown that you possess the qualities needed to answer the call."

According to Colonel Fuentes, the 38 troopers of the 140th and 45 troopers of the 141st classes embarked on their training more than a year ago with the filing of initial employment applications.

"Today's police officers face tremendous scrutiny in an environment in which threats to public safety come from many directions," Colonel Fuentes said. "These graduating troopers have been selected and trained to perform their jobs constitutionally with wisdom and compassion. We commend them for completing their rigorous training, and we commit ourselves to supporting them as they grow to become the best law enforcement officers the region has to offer," he added.

According to Captain William Toms, commandant of the State Police Training Academy, the training program 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, significantly smaller class size, use of firearms simulation training scenarios and the implementation of a recruit/recruit mentor program.

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 140th and 141st 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 detailed instruction from experts outside of the State Police, including representatives from ethnic, cultural, community and professional organizations.

In commenting on the overall selection process for State Police recruit training classes, Colonel 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.

Colonel Fuentes said that the probationary troopers 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.

Here are some interesting facts about some of the recruits of the 140th and 141st Classes: Of the following 83 new troopers, twenty-three of them had prior law enforcement experience, one recruit had a child and four became engaged during their academy stay.

The graduates of the 140th State Police recruit training class include:

NAME
CITY/TOWN
COUNTY
 
ADDOTTA, Mark J. Brick Ocean
ANTENUCCI, Jorge J. Deptford Gloucester
BAMBARA, James J. Andover Sussex
BARNETT, Mark S. Tabernacle Burlington
BOCKBRADER, Nicholas R Hackettstown Warren
BROWER, Claude K. Galloway Atlantic
BUCHELL, Michael E. Wantage Sussex
CAPPELLO, Dennis I. Saddle Brook Bergen
CISLO, Tomasz M. Bayonne Hudson
COYLE, Kevin J. Kearny Hudson
CZECH, Jan P. Keyport Monmouth
DAVIE, John E. West Long Branch Monmouth
DEWECHTER, Adam J. Galloway Atlantic
DIEHL, Shane J. Hawthorne Passaic
DI RENZO, Laura C. Pine Hill Camden
FAISST Jr., Charles J. Mays Landing Atlantic
GIACONA, Mark A. Middletown Monmouth
GRAEBER, Joshua A. Shamong Burlington
GRASSO, Paul F. Jackson Ocean
HAFF, Darius R. West Long Branch Monmouth
HARPER, Brian S. Brick Ocean
HUTCHINS, DaJuan R. Orange Essex
HYSON, Craig M. Oak Ridge Morris
KAPLAN, Adam J. South Plainfield Middlesex
KARAS, Kelly M. Rahway Union
KEMPINSKI, Stephen J. Phillipsburg Warren
KUTEPOW, Adam M. Wildwood Cape May
LIEBERUM, Randy J. Princeton Middlesex
MALONEY, Marc D. Union Union
MC PARTLIN, Michael R. Lakehurst Ocean
MILLER, Michael A. Lake Hopatcong Morris
NUBER, Robert A. Hopelawn Middlesex
O’DEA, Dennis S. Brick Ocean
PLUTA Jr., Robert S. Toms River Ocean
SIRAKIDES, Kenneth J. Toms River Ocean
TIGHE, Adam J. Brick Ocean
WALZ, Matthew D. Williamstown Gloucester
WOJCIK, Daniel B. Mount Tabor Morris

The graduates of the 141st State Police recruit training class include:

NAME
CITY/TOWN
COUNTY
 
AN, Peter Ridgefield Park Bergen
ANTENUCCI, Vincent Hamilton Mercer
BAKA, Zsolti West New York Hudson
BARATTA, Michael J. Sewell Gloucester
BEYER, Brett W. Manchester Ocean
BRITA, Edward A. Hammonton Atlantic
BOWDEN, Charles L. Parlin Middlesex
BROWN, Jared M. Old Bridge Middlesex
CAPODICE, Andrew S. Roselle Union
CASCIANO, Anthony C. Monmouth Junction Middlesex
CHO, Nam K. Clifton Passaic
CLAYTON, Christopher J. Toms River Ocean
CORNWELL, Jason M. Union Union
CRAMER, Jared M. Allamuchy Warren
D’ANGELO, Donato Ramsey Bergen
DELORENZO, Justin J. Hopatcong Sussex
DIGEROLAMO IV, Rocco D. Hammonton Atlantic
DOLAN, James G. Monroe Township Middlesex
DUDZIC, Andrew S. Wallington Bergen
GARCES, Cesar A. Randolph Morris
GOMEZ, Emilio North Haledon Passaic
GRAMICCIONI, Michael B. Stockton Hunterdon
HOUSE, Sarah B. Egg Harbor Atlantic
JENKINS, David T. Wayne Passaic
JONES, Rodrick J. Marlton Burlington
KREBS, Scott A. Howell Monmouth
LASTRA Jr., John J. Bergenfield Bergen
LOCCHETTO, Louis J. Sewell Gloucester
MAC NEIR, Timothy R. Rio Grande Cape May
MC COY, Craig F. Parlin Middlesex
MILLER, Brian E. Totowa Passaic
MORRELL, Georgina Voorhees Camden
NAOMI, Daniel N. Andover Sussex
PETERSEN, Russell S. Westfield Union
RIBEIRO, Hugo F. Newark Essex
ROBINSON, Lashawn R. Lumberton Burlington
SALVATO, Christopher P. Clark Union
SAND, Curtis A. Little Egg Harbor Ocean
SCOTTI, Alfred Blackwood Camden
SHARPLESS Jr., James M. Millville Cumberland
THIEL, Jeffrey C. Andover Sussex
VENTRELLA, Joseph R. Oakland Bergen
VISAGGIO, Philip V. Jackson Middlesex
VOID, Christopher E. Fort Lee Bergen
WILLIAMS, Christopher S. Tenafly Bergen

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