NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL LAUNCHES
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
(NEWARK, NJ)--The New
Jersey Attorney General's Office has launched the New Jersey State
Police Scholars Program at Rutgers-Newark, announced Norman Samuels,
provost of Rutgers- Newark. The inaugural program will provide scholarships,
work experience and internships to undergraduate students who want
to pursue a career with the New Jersey State Police. This is the
only police education program in the country that unites a State
Police organization with a state university in an effort to expand
educational opportunities for a state police force.
"In the past two years,
the State Police has undertaken a number of innovative efforts aimed
at recruiting diverse and well-qualified candidates," said Attorney
General John J. Farmer, Jr. "Our partnership with Rutgers-Newark
represents another creative approach to attracting well-rounded
individuals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines."
The program is co-sponsored
by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark (FASN) and the School
of Criminal Justice at Rutgers-Newark. "Our faculty and students
have worked with state police on other research projects in Newark
and across the state," explained Leslie Kennedy, dean of the School
of Criminal Justice. "The New Jersey Division of State Police recognizes
the value of expanding that collaboration with an outstanding academic
institution and the most diverse student body among national universities."
According to Steven Diner,
dean of FASN, students from a variety of disciplines can qualify
for the program. "In addition to criminal justice majors, the program
is open to students majoring in chemistry or biology, computer science,
accounting, psychology, English, and other disciplines. Based on
their area of study, they could gain work experience in a forensics
lab, working with DNA evidence, in the State Police's business office,
or even within the communications field."
The scholarship is available
to students who fulfill specific academic requirements and are entering
their junior or senior year. Between their junior and senior year,
these students must spend six to eight weeks working full-time for
the New Jersey State Police, and they will receive a stipend for
their work. The scholarship program will also provide access to
a variety of paid internship opportunities. Once students graduate,
they will be expected to fulfill all of the regular requirements
to join the New Jersey State Police.
According to Colonel Carson
J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, the
scholars program is a natural marriage of strengths between a nationally
recognized university and criminal justice school, and the state
police. "The policing profession is rapidly changing and Rutgers-Newark
has a diverse and talented student population," said Dunbar. "On
our part, the New Jersey State Police can offer students hands-on
learning opportunities in a variety of areas."
Rutgers-Newark, a doctorate-granting
research institution, is one of three campuses of Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, a member of the Association of American
Universities, consisting of the nation's top research universities.
Located on 35 acres in Newark's University Heights district, the
campus hosts 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students, and 425
full-time faculty members. Rutgers-Newark is home to the Newark
College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School-Newark,
the Faculty of Management, the School of Law-Newark, the College
of Nursing and the School of Criminal Justice; and a number of research
and outreach centers, including the Center for Molecular and Behavioral
Neuroscience, the Center for Global Change and Governance, the Cornwall
Center for Metropolitan Studies, the New Jersey Small Business Development
Centers, and the Institute for Jazz Studies.
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