Cadet Class 119 Formally Takes Oath of Office at Academy Graduation
Springfield - Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced today that 63 new Troopers are joining the ranks of the ISP as they transition from Cadets to Troopers.
ISP Director Hiram Grau was joined by Governor Pat Quinn and ISP command staff members at the Training Academy for the graduation of Cadet Class 119. The 63 new Troopers will immediately report to their district of assignment on Monday, February 13.
“The men and women of Cadet Class 119 have completed a rigorous 25-week training program, and have taken an important oath to honorably serve the citizens of Illinois,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Today, we salute and congratulate them as they complete one of many milestones as proud Illinois State Troopers,” he added.
Members of Cadet Class 119 entered the Training Academy on August 21, 2011, and endured a regimen of physical and classroom instruction, including Terrorism Awareness, Domestic Violence, Critical Incident Response, Firearms Training, First Responder Certification, Illinois Vehicle Code, Criminal Law, Motor Carrier Safety, Emergency Pursuit Driving, Juvenile Law, Police Response to Mental Illness, and Cultural Awareness/Diversity training.
In addition to the 25-week Academy Training, Probationary Troopers are required to participate in one-on-one mentoring during a 14-week Field Training Officer (FTO) program, further expanding their training to 39 weeks. Probationary Troopers who successfully complete the FTO program are advanced to solo-patrol status, where they will officially join the ranks of Troopers who safeguard the citizens of the State of Illinois.
“As the most recent class to graduate from the ISP Academy, we have given these dedicated men and women a solid foundation and some of the best training in the country to guide them through a fulfilling and noble law enforcement career,” said ISP Training Academy Commander Donald Buckley.
Fourteen members of Cadet Class 119 served in the United States Military completing various overseas assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and Spain.
Cadet Class 119 is the first ISP class to graduate the Academy since March of 2011, when 40 members of Cadet Class 118 took the oath of office.
Anyone interested in joining the ranks of the Illinois State Police is encouraged to visit the Illinois State Police Merit Board website at www.illinoistrooper.com for future application availability and testing dates.