Virginia State Police Press Release
RICHMOND – High school students from across the Commonwealth today became the newest graduates of the Junior Law Cadet program, which is co-sponsored by the Virginia State Police and The American Legion.
The 39 teenagers were presented their graduation certificates at the Virginia State Police Academy in Chesterfield County during Friday afternoon’s ceremony. Annual Junior Law Cadet program is a weeklong training curriculum for high school students who have completed their junior year.
Cadets experience a life similar to a trooper-in-training, complete with daily room inspections and instruction by state police troopers on Department operations, crime scene investigations, officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, scuba training, defensive tactics and firearms safety.
As part of their training, the cadets also undergo a variety of physical agility exercises used in the Virginia State Police applicant testing process.
“The daily instruction and exercises give the young men and women a glimpse into the life and training a Virginia State trooper undergoes,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. “It’s a valuable experience, especially for teenagers who have an interest in pursuing law enforcement as a career. More importantly, the Junior Law Cadet program is one of the best ways for our Department to make contact and build positive relationships with today’s young people.”
The American Legion selects and sponsors the students to represent the organization’s Virginia districts. Attached is a list of all participating students and their hometowns.
Cadet Ihsanullah Lodin of Alexandria, Va., was selected for the Jessica J. Cheney Spirit Award. The annual award is presented in memory of Trooper Jessica J. Cheney who was the first cadet to graduate from the program and go on to become a trooper. Trooper Cheney died of injuries suffered Jan. 17, 1998, after being struck by a vehicle as she directed traffic at a crash scene on Route 1, north of Fredericksburg. The award is presented to the cadet who demonstrates the same motivation, drive and enthusiasm that Trooper Cheney displayed as a cadet.
Additional award recipients include: Physical Fitness Award for Female: Cadet Caitlin Shilan of Reva, Va. Physical Fitness Award for Male: Cadet Kyhre V. Smith of Chester, Va.Virginia State Trooper Counselor’s Award: Cadet Diamond Perry of Dewitt, Va.