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District 17 state police in LaSalle gets two new faces

Illinois State Police District 17 in LaSalle has two new troopers.

Troopers Eric Nieves and Blake Thompson have joined the department.

Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz commissioned 59 troopers Dec. 30 during the Cadet Class 128 graduation ceremony at Hope Church in Springfield. The new troopers reported to patrol districts throughout the state Dec. 31.

“We are pleased to welcome these new troopers into our ISP family; I am proud of what they have accomplished as they worked toward graduation from the ISP Academy,” Schmitz said in a press release.

“They have made the commitment of continuing the proud legacy of the ISP, to strive for excellence while protecting the people and upholding the laws of the state of Illinois.”

Members of Cadet Class 128 raised $3,600 for the Special Olympics Illinois and donated 52 units of blood to the Central Illinois Community Blood Center.

The troopers have completed a 27-week regimen of physical and classroom instruction, which included training in cultural diversity, procedural justice, domestic violence, critical incident response, firearms, first responder certification, control and arrest tactics, Illinois vehicle code, criminal law, motor carrier safety and juvenile law, among other topics.

In addition to the 27-week academy training, probationary troopers are required to participate in one-on-one mentoring with field training officers under a 14-week field training program, expanding their training to 40 weeks. Probationary troopers who successfully complete the field training program are advanced to solo-patrol status.

Other districts throughout the state had new troopers: District 1 in Sterling will have three new troopers, District 6 in Pontiac will get three as well.

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