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Shaun McKenna of Clark Among New Jersey State Police Graduates

TAP into Clark Staff

Saturday, August 30, 2014 • 12:17pm

TOMS RIVER, NJ  - Shaun McKenna of Clark is one of New Jersey’s newest state troopers.  McKenna, along with 148 other graduates, was presented his badge during graduation ceremonies held at Pine Belt Arena on Friday according to a statement released by the New Jersey State Police.

The 154th New Jersey State Police class completed 24 weeks of strenuous physical and academic training consisting of exhaustive classroom and practical training scenarios. The recruits participated in extensive training and role-playing exercises focused on motor vehicle stops, domestic violence situations, human dignity, and cultural diversity. In the area of cultural diversity, the trooper recruits received detailed instruction from both State Police instructors and instructors from community and cultural organizations.

"The State Police is not only recognized as one of the finest statewide law enforcement agencies in the nation and the most visible symbol of law enforcement throughout our state, but every individual who wears a trooper's badge is recognized as a leader -- on the road, in his or her neighborhood, and in the community at large," said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. "That is why it is vital that those leaders not only receive exhaustive training, but also reflect the character and composition of our great state."

The 154th New Jersey State Police class started with 200 recruits and graduated 149 troopers. Of this graduating class, approximately one-third are minority graduates, approximately 80% have a Bachelor's Degree or higher, 40% played college sports, 25% have prior law enforcement experience, and 21% have prior military experience (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard).

Each applicant applying to the State Police is required to have a Bachelor’s Degree, or alternatively, a minimum of 60 college credits, plus two years of work experience. The probationary troopers will be assigned to stations throughout the state, and over the next 11 weeks, the new troopers will begin their careers under the watchful eye of their Trooper-Coaches and supervisors.

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