Nearly 60 cadets join the Illinois State Police, several will serve in the Stateline

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ILLINOIS (WTVO) — The Stateline now has four new troopers patrolling the area as part of the Illinois State Police.

Trooper Alex Hamrick is one of those joining the force.

He and his fellow cadets graduated last week after 26 weeks of intensive training.

They learned everything from traffic laws to firearm tactics.

Hamrick said he’s ready to serve.

“The younger generation is the future of law enforcement,” said Illinois State Police Trooper Alex Hamrick. “We have so many seasoned, veteran police officers, who are on their way out for retirement, that leaves lots of openings available to younger folks like myself.”

Illinois State Police Captain Carl Heintz said that whenever a new person joins the force it excites the whole force.

“Anytime you get new people in your work environment that are excited to be there, it fuels everybody else. It lights a fire,” Heintz said. “We’re all excited to train them. We’re all excited to learn from them.”

The new troopers will now start a 14-week filled training program where they are partnered up with an experienced trooper.


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