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PREPARATORY TROOPER ACADEMY SCHEDULED FOR ARKANSAS TEENS

May 06, 2008 (LITTLE ROCK) – The fourth annual Arkansas State Police Preparatory Trooper Academy has been scheduled for July 13 – 18 at the department’s Little Rock training academy. Applications are being accepted from high school students who are sophomores, juniors and seniors at the time their application is submitted. “While one purpose of the preparatory academy is to establish an interactive relationship with Arkansas high school students, it is our long range hope that many of the successful academy graduates will return after college to pursue a career as an Arkansas State Trooper,” said Major Kathy Sparks, commander of the department’s Administrative Services Division. During the one-week long academy session, participants will experience many of the same training regiments as adult recruits such as daily room inspections, physical training, drill and ceremony, classroom sessions and practical exercises. It is the mission of the Arkansas State Police Preparatory Trooper Academy to provide interested youth of Arkansas an opportunity to learn valuable skills associated with quality law enforcement training, in an effort to develop future troopers for the department and leaders for the State of Arkansas. Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: • Arkansas resident • Possess a valid Arkansas driver license • Enrolled as a high school sophomore, junior or senior at the time of application • Minimum 2.0 grade average • Proof of current medical insurance • Possess a physician’s certificate of ability to participate • Agree to a criminal and traffic history check • Present two letters of recommendation (one must be from a school official) • Complete an application and interview Interested applicants can obtain additional information by calling the Arkansas State Police Recruiting Office at (800) 340-4255 or Sergeant Wanda James at (501) 618-8712 or Corporal Alvernon Rogers at (501) 618-8724.