The typical recruit training for a new class at the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt includes a 24-week curriculum of schooling, physical, self-defense and firearms training, water safety, and driving instruction.

But, what it has never included is a public service aspect. The State Police explain it this way.

 In the New Jersey State Police, we call our academy training “pre-service training,” because recruits must graduate in order to serve our citizens.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, though, that has changed for the latest class of recruits now training.

Because of the crisis, recruits are being deployed to assist enlisted members who are serving New Jersey communities. Here's how the State Police explain the new policy.

The 160th New Jersey State Police Recruit Class is training in unprecedented ways, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been called upon to serve our citizens as part of their pre-service training.

The recruits remain under the watchful eyes of academy instructors at various sites throughout the state as they assist with New Jersey’s pandemic response. They are learning valuable lessons daily, and they are getting a firsthand look at what Troopers must do during times of crisis.

They are learning how to plan, organize, and work as a team, but most importantly, they are learning how to adapt, improvise, and overcome.

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