State Police Hail Graduates of the
2010 Trooper Youth Week Program
Four Groups of Students Participate In Training At State Police Academy
Sea Girt, N.J. - First Assistant Attorney General Phillip Kwon and Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Hatfield, New Jersey State
Police Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security today hosted commencement exercises for 98 high school seniors from across the
state as they completed a weeklong, police-oriented educational program as part of the 87th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth
Week training class. The class is one of four training classes to participate in the prestigious and competitive program over the
"This experience serves as an important stepping-stone to a career in law enforcement, or any other career choice they may pursue.
We commend them for completing the training and preparing themselves to become the future leaders of our state," said Kwon.
"The training and discipline the participants in this program received gives them a glimpse into the rigorous training and commitment
it takes to becomes a law enforcement officer, specifically a New Jersey State Trooper. We have seen it have a profound impact on
their lives and prepare them for their future endeavors," said Hatfield.
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 45-year
history of the program, an estimated 5000 students have participated. Many of the graduates have gone on to careers in law
enforcement on the federal, state, county, and local level. To date, 78 Trooper Youth Week graduates have joined the ranks of the
New Jersey State Police.
The "future" Troopers of the 84th, 85th, 86th, and 87th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training classes 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, challenging 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 overall exposure to police work.
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