43 Troopers Join the Ranks of the Illinois State Police
Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Hiram Grau today administered the oath of office to 43 troopers during the CC-121 (Cadet Class) graduation ceremony at the ISP Academy. The new troopers will report to ISP districts throughout the state on Monday, July 29, 2013.
Today’s graduation marks the second cadet class this year. ISP Director Hiram Grau and the ISP command staff welcomed the new troopers as they accepted the oath of office before family and friends. Family members also had an opportunity to meet ISP Director Hiram Grau and other command staff personnel during the traditional “Bell Ceremony,” in advance of the graduation ceremony.
“Today marks the first of many milestones as these brave men and women embark upon a noble profession and become a part of the long, proud tradition of the Illinois State Police,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “They sit here today as graduates, but we see them as a group of future leaders and heroes who have answered a higher calling,” he added.
Nine of the ISP troopers are veterans having served in various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Cadet Class 121 also honored their recently fallen comrades by raising funds to engrave the names of Trooper Kyle Deatherage and Trooper James Sauter, who were both recently killed in the line of duty. Their names are now engraved on the ISP Academy Memorial Wall with special names plates to commemorate their dedication to service.
The troopers 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, Juvenile Law, and more.
The ISP Academy is one of the most respected and recognized training facilities 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 new troopers have received the best training available at the ISP Academy. Their newly learned skills will serve them well as they gain experience,” said ISP Academy Captain Patrick Murphy.
The new officers 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 Illinois roadways:
- District 1 Sterling, 5 troopers
- District 2 Elgin, 2 troopers
- District Chicago, 7 troopers
- District 5 Joliet, 2 troopers
- District 6 Pontiac, 1 trooper
- District 7 East Moline, 3 troopers
- District 8 Metamora, 8 troopers
- District 10 Pesotum, 1 trooper
- District 11 Collinsville, 3 troopers
- District 14 Macomb, 2 troopers
- District 15 Downers Grove (Tollway), 7 troopers
- District 16 Pecatonica, 1 trooper
- District 20 Pittsfield, 1 trooper
In addition to the 25-week academy training, probationary troopers are required to participate in one-on-one mentoring with Field Training Officers (FTOs) 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 122 is scheduled to begin in November, 2013. 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.