153rd state police class is most diverse ever, honoring 118 graduates

More than a hundred new state troopers were given their badges today as part of the most diverse graduating class in state police history. The

More than a hundred new state troopers were given their badges today as part of the most diverse graduating class in state police history.

More than a hundred new state troopers were given their badges today as part of the most diverse graduating class in state police history. (12/6/13)

ELIZABETH - More than a hundred new state troopers were given their badges today as part of the most diverse graduating class in state police history.

The ceremony at Elizabeth high school honored 118 graduates.

The 153rd state police class is the most racially diverse in the history of the state police, with 54 percent of the new troopers coming from minority groups.

"We got about 20 members of the military," says Col. Rick Fuentes. "We have a dozen who came to us from the city and other county and local police departments. We have 50 college athletes in here. That's a really diverse class."

The new troopers will spend three months training on the road before they begin patrolling on their own.

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