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July 29, 2008

State Police Hail Graduates of
the 77th Trooper Youth Training Class

Sea Girt, N.J. - Lieutenant Colonel Rick Arroyo, Deputy Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today hosted commencement exercises for 57 high school seniors from across the state as they completed a weeklong, police-oriented educational program with the 77th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class.

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 Arroyo. “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, 91 Trooper Youths have joined the ranks of the New Jersey State Police.

The “future” troopers of the 77th 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.

The following is a list of the graduates

Shamika Alston Mt. Olive High School
Matthew Armbruster Montville Township High School
Jacklin Aronchick North Salem High School
Nichole Barry Seneca High School
James Butler Hammonton High School
Andrew Cacciaguida Kittatinny Regional High School
Jonthan Camp Watchung Hills Regional High School
Jason Capo Cumberland Regional high School
Warren Carstarphen West Deptford High School
Max Conner Governor Livingston High School
Steve Correia Freehold High School
Joseph Cruz Edison High School
Dale A. DeGraw Monroe Township High School
Joseph DeNicola Verona High School
Kevin Dever Millville Senior High School
Jonathan Diaz Woodbridge High School
Robert Fekete New Milford High School
Nick Felici Washington Township High School
Tyler Ferrentino Hopatcong High School
David Fournier Seneca High School
Ryan Gouse Toms River High School South
Daniel Harvey Woodstown High School
Thomas Holden Paramus High School
Nicholas Hunter Southern Regional High School
Pawel Jamiolkowski Arthur L. Johnson High School
Ronslaire Joseph Rancocas Valley Regional High School
Vincent Kennedy Saint Rose High School
Justin Kirberger Voorhees High School
Franklin Klink Southern Regional High School
Scott Lessig West Deptford High School
Jovon Lopez Sterling High School
Zachary Lynch Highland Regional High School
Brian MacDonald Middletown High School North
Michael Maglione John F. Kennedy Memorial High School
Thomas Mannuccia Northern Burlington Regional High School
Joseph McDonough North Arlington High School
Scott Mekita West Essex Regional High School
Thomas Mladenetz Steinert High School
Paul Muniz Bishop George Ahr High School
Matthew Pagels Brick Township Memorial High School
Stephen Passamante Pennsauken High School
Vincent Perone Middlesex High School
Michael Przeworski Highland Regional High School
Jonathan Randall Kingsway Regional High School
Andrew Rivera Edison High School
Joseph Rocha Piscataway High School
Daniel Rowe Woodstown High School
Paulina Rybnik Robbinsville High School
Robert Sagendorf New Providence High School
Matthew Salonis Central Regional High School
Michael Scerbo Dumont High School
Eric Schwab Woodbridge High School
Thomas Spilatore South Brunswick High School
Korey Thompson Trenton Central High School West
William Turner North Warren Regional High School
Sean Vanderwall Vernon Twp High School
Eric Veltre Allentown High School

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