|SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry G. Trent today announced the addition of 47 new Troopers to the ISP with the graduation of Cadet Class 109. The 47 newly sworn officers graduated during ceremonies today at the Illinois State Police Armory and will begin their district assignments in the near future. |
"I congratulate our new Troopers on their commitment to public service and dedication to law enforcement," Governor Blagojevich said. "Soon we will have 47 new Troopers out on the highways of Illinois from Chicago to Cairo, working to protect the public. Even during difficult financial times we must continue to focus on our priorities, public safety, education and healthcare."
Over the past two years the Illinois State Police have graduated three cadet classes, bringing on an additional 115 sworn officers. In 2004, ISP was able to add 68 new Troopers through two cadet class graduations and in June of this year, an additional 50 Cadets are scheduled to enter the ISP Academy as Cadet Class 110.
"The addition of these Troopers demonstrates Governor Blagojevich's commitment to keep public safety at the forefront of his administrative agenda and allows the Illinois State Police to provide the citizens of our state with the service they deserve," said Trent. "Safeguarding the public through enforcement, education and dedication to service is our number one goal."
During an intensive 26-week training period, cadets undergo a rigorous regimen of physical and classroom instruction, which includes 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, Police Response to Mental Illness, and more. New officers are assigned to the following areas of the state:
The new officers will immediately begin their patrol duties in their assigned districts, joining veteran Troopers in the effort to safeguard our state.