42 Troopers Join ISP Ranks
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) Officials today welcomed 42 new troopers during a graduation ceremony at the ISP Academy. The new officers were joined by friends and family as ISP Director Hiram Grau administered their oath of office and formerly presented them with their ISP stars. Cadet Class 123 (CC-123) is the first ISP class to graduate in 2014.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, the graduating cadets participated in the ISP traditional “Bell Ringing Ceremony”, commemorating their rite of passage to law enforcement and marking their transition to life as troopers.
“I am honored to lead what I believe is one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Today marks the first of many milestones these new officers will encounter as they embark on a career in one of the noblest professions I know,” he added.
This is the second ISP Cadet Class under the new legislation that allows veterans who have been awarded an Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal by the military or naval services of the United States to apply without having earned a college degree. These officers have been honorably discharged and have met the collegiate educational requirement for employment. Fourteen of the new troopers are veterans, and of these, 10 were hired under the new legislation.
The members of CC-123 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.
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.
The ISP Academy is one of the most respected and recognized training facilities in the nation. 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 obtained some of the best training available in this country,” said ISP Academy Captain Patrick Murphy. “As they move on to the next phase of their training - the FTO program, we are confident they have what it takes to safely carry out their duties to fulfill the daily mission of this agency,” added Murphy.
The new officers have been assigned to the following areas of the state and will report for duty beginning Monday, May 5, 2014:
- District 1 Sterling, 1 trooper
- District Chicago, 4 troopers
- District 5 Lockport, 2 troopers
- District 7 East Moline, 2 troopers
- District 15 Downers Grove, 29 troopers
- District 17 La Salle, 1 trooper
- District 20 Pittsfield, 1 trooper
- District 21 Ashkum, 2 troopers
Illinois State Police CC-124 is currently in its 13TH week of training at the Academy and CC-125 is scheduled to begin in June 2014. 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 information.