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Illinois State Police ready for 74 new cadets

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(AP) The Illinois State Police are ready for a new class of cadets.

A class of 74 new recruits starts Aug. 21 and will undergo 25 weeks of training at the agency’s training academy in Springfield.

If they make it, they’ll graduate in February and then become probationary troopers in districts statewide.

Training Academy Commander Rebecca Long says the training is demanding physically, emotionally and intellectually. At the academy, the new recruits learn firearms training, terrorism awareness, criminal law and a host of other things.

When the training is over, State Police Director Hiram Grau says the new troopers will be ready to protect Illinoisans.

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