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Irene O'Brien, Rutgers-Newark (973)353-5262
Paul Loriquet, OAG, (609) 292-4791
John R. Hagerty, State Police Public Information Office (609) 882-2000 x6515


       (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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