56 Cadets Join the Ranks of the Illinois State Police
Springfield – Today, Illinois State Police (ISP) top brass officially welcomed the newest rank of ISP Troopers, Cadet Class 120, to the Agency on Friday, March 8, 2013. Fifty-six Cadets took the Illinois State Police Oath of Office during the graduation ceremony. The Cadets will report to ISP districts throughout the state.
The Cadets have completed a rigorous 25-week regimen of physical and classroom instruction which included training in 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, and more.
“This is an exciting week for the Illinois State Police Cadets and their families as they reach an important milestone in becoming proud Illinois State Troopers. Their families will join our extended police family as we recognize their achievements and support them in their new law enforcement careers,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.
Family members had an opportunity to meet ISP Director Hiram Grau and other command staff personnel during the “Bell Ceremony” and Graduation Ceremony. The Academy’s formal “Bell Ceremony” provides families and Cadets with a glimpse into the tradition and honor of an ISP Trooper.
Ten of the ISP Cadets are veterans having served in various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The ISP Academy is one of the most respected and recognized in the country. Dozens of law enforcement agencies also use ISP Academy curriculum to meet standards set forth by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
“These Troopers have worked hard and have received the best training to provide them with a solid foundation to serve the citizens of Illinois with integrity, service and pride,” said Captain Kevin Poehls, ISP Academy Commander.
The new Troopers have been assigned to the following areas of the state and will immediately begin their patrol duties, joining veteran Troopers in the effort to safeguard our state:
- District 1 Sterling, 5 Troopers
- District 2 Elgin, 9 Troopers
- District 5 Joliet, 4 Troopers
- District 6 Pontiac, 1 Trooper
- District 7 East Moline, 3 Troopers
- District 8 Metamora, 7 Troopers
- District 10 Pesotum, 1 Trooper
- District 14 Macomb, 1 Trooper
- District 15 Downers Grove (Tollway), 5 Troopers
- District 16 Pecatonica, 1 Trooper
- District 17 La Salle, 2 Troopers
- District 18 Litchfield, 1 Trooper
- District 21 Ashkum, 1 Trooper
- District Chicago, 15 Troopers
In addition to the 25-week Academy Training, Probationary Troopers are required to participate in one-on-one mentoring with Field Training Officers (FTO) under a 14-week field training program, expanding their training to 39 weeks. Probationary Troopers who successfully complete the training with an FTO are advanced to solo-patrol status, where they will join the ranks of Troopers on patrol to safeguard the citizens and State of Illinois.
Illinois State Police Cadet Class 121 will graduate in July of 2013. The application process for Cadet Class 122 is currently closed. 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.