despp: Troopers Welcome 26 High School Recruits for Youth Week

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
July 3, 2014




   On Sunday, July 6, 2014, the Connecticut State Police Training Academy training staff will welcome 26 new “recruits” to the State Police Training Academy in Meriden. The Connecticut State Police Youth Week, in conjunction with the American Legion, is open to 16- and 17-year- old high school students throughout Connecticut.  Youth week is modeled after the State Police recruit training program and provides these students a unique opportunity to gain insight into the training, duties and expectations of Connecticut State Troopers. 


   This program is a “mini” State Police Academy and a National model for the American Legion.

During the week-long training, all “recruits” will participate in a variety of mental and physical challenges including patrol techniques, use of laser speed measuring equipment, accident investigation, emergency vehicle driving, firearms training, and criminal investigation.  The “recruits” will also participate in daily physical conditioning, daily inspections, drill & ceremony, starting with a 5:15 a.m. reveille.


   On Wednesday, July 9, 2014 the “young recruits” will participate in firearms training at the State Police range in Simsbury starting at 9:00 a.m. and also emergency vehicle driving at the Consumer track will start at 2:30 p.m.   Not only will the “recruits” have the opportunity to operate a State Police Cruiser on a closed driving course, but they will also experience distracted driving.  The “recruits” will operate a specially equipped vehicle while texting.


   The week concludes with a Warrior’s Path safety & survival course on Saturday, July 12, 2014.   Warrior’s Path represents the culmination of all of the skills and knowledge the recruits learned during the week, it is designed to emphasize the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity.


   Media agencies are invited to attend any part of the Connecticut State Police Youth Week, including range training, emergency driving on July 9th and the Warrior’s Path safety & survival course on July 12, 2014. The Warrior’s Path course will run from approximately 7:30 – 11:00 a.m., as well as the formal graduation at 12:30 p.m.  


   To attend the Connecticut State Police Youth Week activities and for more information on the emergency vehicle and distracted driving course, please contact the Connecticut State Police Public Information Office at 860-685-8230. 



LT. J. Paul Vance


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