Come Monday, the 43 newest Illinois State Police troopers will be on the streets. After cadet graduation ceremonies Friday, police academy Cmdr. Pat Murphy said it’s incorrect to think the six-month school is all you need to know to become a trooper. “This job's a learning process that continues until the day you retire,” he said. “All of the new troopers will report into their districts on Monday, and they'll begin what we call FTO, field training officer program, and at the conclusion … they'll be certified for solo patrol.”
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Many of the incoming cadets have college degrees or other police experience or military service behind them. And the training is rigorous; Murphy says the class of 43 was 62 when it started earlier this year.
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