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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pennsylvania State Police Committed to Upholding Honor of the Force


Harrisburg, PA - Statement from Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker:

“I take very seriously my role as the head of the Pennsylvania State Police, and my commitment to ensuring every single Trooper, including myself, upholds our core values.

“We are committed to upholding the honor of the force by providing honest and faithful police service to all who may be in danger or distress. We believe integrity is character in action. We are morally and ethically aware, resolute, and above reproach at all times regardless of our duty status.

“We must solemnly value the trust that has been placed in us by those we are sworn to serve, and we are committed to holding ourselves to a higher standard of accountability to continually earn their respect each and every day.

“For over a century, the Pennsylvania State Police has earned the trust of the Commonwealth. The people of Pennsylvania rely on our Troopers to keep them safe across the Commonwealth, and they trust them to act with the utmost integrity and honor.

“Any action that challenges this bond is completely unacceptable, and I will do everything in my authority to hold any individual who undermines our core values accountable. Those who compromise our core values will receive no sympathy or respite from me.

“At the end of December 2015, Internal Affairs at the State Police promptly initiated a full and comprehensive investigation into suspected cheating at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. This investigation has already included dozens of interviews and an extensive collection of evidence through all available means.

“As the leader of this agency, I assure the people of Pennsylvania that we will leave no stone unturned and those who engaged in such behavior face swift and certain discipline. I will make sure that each and every person involved is held accountable on behalf of our Troopers - active and retired - who have built the Pennsylvania State Police into the respected organization it is today. Each cadet who enters the Academy is held to an honor code to never cheat, lie or steal, and we will ensure that the integrity of our organization of nearly 5,000 strong is not compromised by the actions of a few.

“We will hold those responsible accountable because we owe the truth to both the people of Pennsylvania and those cadets in our 144th class who did not violate our code of honor and will go on to protect and serve the people of Pennsylvania, as do thousands of Troopers who serve Pennsylvania every single day with honor, integrity, and trust.

“The State Police asks for the public’s patience throughout the remainder of this comprehensive, on-going, internal investigation, as the agency is dedicated to ensuring each person allegedly involved is fairly and properly adjudicated. To that end, the agency also stresses that not every cadet who has departed from the 144th class is necessarily implicated in the investigation.

“Furthermore, members of the 144th class who graduate will be individuals who uphold our core values and pledge to serve Pennsylvania with honor, integrity, and trust. No actions by a small group of individuals can ever undermine a century of tradition built by our Troopers and I am confident that those graduating in March will continue to build on our proud traditions and serve the Commonwealth with the utmost honor, integrity, and trust.

“The State Police does not comment on individual personnel matters, and additional statements will not be provided until the conclusion of the investigation.”


Anonymous said...

reading this article just kept reminding me of the I.R.S. bullpoop. There will be a big investigation and nothing will come of it and nothing will be done. Typical Government.
But boy, they sure make it sound like they walk on water.

Anonymous said...

The police have shown themselves to be the biggest violators of the law and the people's rights. They cannot police themselves. It's time we fixed this broken "legal" system.

Every police department should be accountable to a local elected body of representatives. For every police department there should exist this check and balance. They are after all public servants. If the public has a grievance they have the right to air said grievance. Such an elected body would have the same authority as internal affairs to bring charges against the accused. It's then up to the attorneys, as is in any court case, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the officer's negligence or crime.

Our current system affords the public no ability to conduct a fair investigation or levy charges against those accused. Imagine if all suspects could investigate themselves. It's a broken system and the solution above is being introduced as legislation in many locales to fix this substantial problem.

Anonymous said...

Let the police bashing begin!! Before "we" pass judgment like the first two posters di, let's give some time for the investigation to conclude and see what happens. If it is swept under the rug then every can bitch. But I for one do not see that happening. Even though the state is short troopers I see those cadets getting fired!

Anonymous said...

6:59 Commissioner Blocker just took over the PSP, give the guy a chance. I'm sure you and many others will disagree but the PSP is much much more honest than many of you think. Are there a few bad apples......sure because it's human nature but overall they are honest and do their job.

Anonymous said...

I think it's the particular generation. No consequences for their actions all their life. If this would have happened 20 years ago somebody would get an ass-beating and thrown in jail. Lets see what happens here.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the hiring and screening process doesn't work. If these cadets made it this far into the organization to get to the academy then something is wrong, They should have been weeded-out before that. So how many current troopers who have been working for 1, 2, 10 years are not up to standards? Either the background checks don't work or these guys became corrupt after being hired. Sure makes me question all of them now.