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Acting Governor DiFrancesco & Colonel Dunbar Hail Graduates Of 57th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Training Class

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       Sea Girt, NJ - Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco, Attorney General John J. Farmer, Jr. and Colonel Carson J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today hosted commencement exercises for 63 high school seniors from across the state as they completed a week-long, police-oriented educational program with the 57th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class.

        "I hope this week has served both to inform you and inspire you. We need good people to join this noble profession and make a great police force even better. We need brave, well-educated, and dedicated people to carry on a tradition of excellence," the acting Governor told the Trooper Youth cadets.

      "The crime rate in New Jersey has been dropping for the past several years, reaching its lowest point in more than 25 years. While the tough laws we've passed in the Legislature have undoubtedly helped reduce crime, the backbone of crime prevention will always be good, solid law enforcement. That means we need talented officers tomorrow as much as we rely on them today."

        Attorney General Farmer said that the Trooper Youth program can be a stepping stone for young people who are considering a career in law enforcement. "You represent some of the best and brightest young people in New Jersey. And, although you will not be faced with making a final career choice for a few years, your participation this week show respect for the law and a recognition of the critical role law enforcement plays in ensuring the public's safety."

        Colonel Dunbar noted that for more than 30 years, the New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Program has led the way in preparing young men and women for a career in law enforcement and that the State Police Trooper Youth program has become an important stepping-stone for youngsters seeking a career in law enforcement and police work. Additionally, the simulated police training exercises taught throughout the week provide the students with a keen awareness and understanding of the tough standards required of police.

        "I applaud their effort and encourage each and every Trooper Youth to continue his/her education and, upon graduation from college, to take up the challenge that is a career with the New Jersey State Police. I am extremely honored to be part of their accomplishment," Dunbar said.

        Sponsored by the Department of Law & Public Safety, the Division of State Police and the Department of Education, the Trooper Youth Week training program provides young people interested in a law enforcement career with a "real life" police experience.

        The "future" troopers of the 57th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week training class participated in a wide range of activities - activities which simulate the actual police recruit training experience. The Trooper Youth cadets were exposed to the regimen of reveille, roll call, academic classes, a tough physical fitness training and conditioning regimen and actual police field exercises.

        As part of the training program, State Police instructors placed special emphasis on exposing the Trooper Youth cadets to the unique pressures and problems associated with illegal drug use, teen violence and the aftermath of violent and deadly acts. Lectures and motivational speakers exposed the Trooper Youth cadets to the peer pressures associated with the personal and social consequences of substance abuse and conflict resolution. The students also learned about New Jersey's vast cultural diversity and the constitutional guarantees afforded all citizens while attending classes with actual State Police recruit trainees.

        Additionally, the Trooper Youth cadets explored various practical and theoretical areas of police science, including the history and functions of the New Jersey State Police; crime scene investigation procedures; firearms safety; CPR and lifesaving techniques; motor vehicle law and safety; the rapidly expanding use and application of computers and high-technology in police work; teenage drinking and driving and use of the breathalyser and overall exposure to police work as a career.

        A listing of the 57th New Jersey State Police Trooper Youth Week graduating class is listed below.

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August 13 - 17, 2001

ACCOO, Janel M. Long Branch H.S.
ASHE, Jeremy D. Cinnaminson H.S.
BIALAS, David J. Linden H.S.
BOWLING, Jeffrey D. Jr. Salem County Technical H.S.
BRADLEY, Philip B DePaul Catholic H.S.
BRENNAN, Kathleen R. Holy Cross H.S.
CAHILL, Brian A. Southern Regional H.S.
CAMPISI, Peter P. Oratory Preparatory School
CLAVIJO, Juan G. Passaic H.S.
D'AMICO, Andrew D. Parsippany Hills H.S.
DiBENEDETTO, Mario North Bergen H.S.
DUMANSKY, Jacob U. Toms River H.S. East
FARLEY, Mark R. Central Regional H.S.
FEDECHKO, Nicholas R. Woodstown H.S.
FISCHER, Steven H. Vernon Twsp. H.S.
FOOTE, David B. Woodstown H.S.
FOXTON, Samantha J. Wall Twsp. H.S.
GALLANT, Michael D. Blair Academy
GRACA, Carlos M. Hillside H.S.
HABERMANN, Scott A. Shore Regional H.S.
HERMAN, Theresa L. Sacred Heart H.S.
HERNANDEZ, Radhames Saint Peter's Preporatory H.S.
HORISHNY, Jonelle A. Lenape Regional H.S.
IACOVELLI, Nancy L. Buena Regional H.S.
JAMES, Wendell A. Jr. Rancocas Valley Regional H.S.
JAMISON, Justin E. Salem County Technical H.S.
JENKINS, Ebony M. East Orange H.S.
JINKS, Kurtis M. Highland Regional H.S.
JOHNSON, Frank L. Woodstown H.S.
JONES, Anthony S. Pennsauken H.S.
KELLY, Daniel J. Jr. Buena Regional H.S.
KRITSIKOKAS, Rebecca Central Regional H.S.
LAHR, Robert C. Delsea Regional H.S.
LANAHAN, Matthew J. Paul VI H.S.
MALICK, Nicole E. Wall Twsp. H.S.
MAWSON, Charles J. Highland Regional H.S.
McFADDEN, Ryan P. Bayonne H.S.
MOJICA, Omar A. Barringer H.S.
MOLINARI, Paul J. Shawnee H.S.
NOLASCO, Eduardo R. DePaul Catholic H.S.
OSTROVSKIY, Igor Fair Lawn H.S.
PIZZILLO, James P. Saint Mary's H.S.
POLITO, Jesse J. Manasquan H.S.
PONTIN, Craig T. Southern Regional H.S.
POPOVITCH, Robert O. Governor Livingston H.S.
QUINONES, Michelle L. McNair Academic H.S.
REILLY, Patrick J. III Cinnaminson H.S.
REYES, Nathan Lakewood H.S.
RODRIGUEZ, Ernestina Y. Eastside H.S.
RUSSONIELLO, Steve T. Freehold Twsp. H.S.
RYAN, Tim M. Delsea Regional H.S.
SCHULTZ, Lisa M. Butler H.S.
SCHWENCK, William E. III Christian Brothers Academy
SHERR, Robert M. IV Middlesex H.S.
SIMS, Justin C. Gateway Regional H.S.
SMITH, Neil A. Hammonton H.S.
TEREBETSKI, Justin D. Carteret H.S.
TEW, Molly C. Cinnaminson H.S.
WALDT, Ronald F. Pascack Hills H.S.
WALKER, Dana M. Passaic County Technical Institute
WALKER, Daniel W. West Morris Mendham H.S.
WESTRA, Ryan T. Kittatinny Regional H.S.
WHITE, Wayne R. II Middletown H.S. North