Cadet Class 115 graduation brings the number of Troopers to join the ranks of the ISP under Gov. Blagojevich to 417
On behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry G. Trent today announced the graduation of Cadet Class 115. The 63 new officers join 354 other Troopers who have graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy under Governor Blagojevich’s administration.
“These new Troopers join a department filled with tradition and excellence, and have made a commitment to protect and serve the citizens of Illinois and keep our highways safe,” said Director Trent, who presided the ceremony on behalf of the Governor. “We are proud that they have met the many challenges and have proven worthy of joining our ranks today.”
Members of Cadet Class 115 began their training on June 24, 2007; the third cadet class to attend the ISP Academy during Fiscal Year 2007. The officers went through an intensive 26-week training period, where they underwent a 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.
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 Chicago – 15 officers
- District 2, Elgin – 8 officers
- District 5, Lockport – 7 officers
- District 8, Metamora – 7 officers
- District 17, LaSalle – 5 officers
- District 7, East Moline – 4 officers
- District 16, Pecatonica – 4 officers
- District 1, Sterling – 3 officers
- District 15, Downers Grove – 3 officers
- District 18, Litchfield – 3 officers
- District 6, Pontiac – 2 officers
- District 20, Pittsfield – 2 officers
After reporting to their district of assignment on Monday, each officer will begin a 14-week Field Training Program (FTP). During that time, probationary Troopers participate in one-on-one mentoring with Field Training Officers (FTO). As the 14 weeks progress, the officers are assigned to different FTOs and begin to take on more responsibility for performing the tasks on their own. Probationary Troopers who successfully complete the training with an FTO are advanced to solo-patrol status.
In June 2005, the ISP Merit Board implemented a new rule which allows an applicant’s education to be considered acceptable if they have either an Associate’s Degree or equivalent, and three years of continuous full-time service as a police officer with the same police agency or three years active military duty. The addition of military service as an option of work experience provides an opportunity for many veterans to join the State Police and begin a career in law enforcement.