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Friday, May 30, 2008

98 New Troopers Hit The Roads In PA

98 Graduate from State Police Academy

Newest Troopers Assigned to Stations Across the state

HARRISBURG Governor Edward G. Rendell said 98 men and women joined the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police today following their graduation from the State Police Academy in Hershey.

“Pennsylvanians have come to count on the State Police to provide the highest possible level of law enforcement services,” Governor Rendell said. “These new troopers will help protect our residents and ensure the safety of our communities.”

State Police Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller said Governor Rendell’s 2006-07 budget increased the department’s complement to 4,673; the highest number of troopers in the state’s history.

Former State Police Deputy Commissioner Thomas K. Coury, who now serves as federal security director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, delivered the principal message during the graduation ceremony at Central Dauphin High School. Miller offered remarks and Cadet Benjamin R. Schwedes of Berwick, Columbia County, spoke on behalf of the cadet class.

Cadet Ethan M. Brownback of Allentown, Lehigh County, was named the outstanding cadet by his classmates and instructors, receiving the American Legion Award.

Also receiving awards were:

  • Cadet John J. Sours of Philadelphia – Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award;
  • Cadet Scott E. Bowes of Carlisle, Cumberland County – Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award;
  • Cadet Jonathan C. Matson of Bolivar, Westmoreland County – Col. Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver Proficiency Award; and
  • Cadet Jason M. Trupp of Reading, Berks County – John K. Schafer Memorial Physical Fitness Award.

Major John W. Laufer III, director of the state police Bureau of Training and Education, supervised the training of the class, which was the 126th class to graduate from the State Police Academy in Hershey since it opened in 1960.


None of the new troopers were from Potter, McKean, Cameron, or Tioga Counties.


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