By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — A former Clinton police officer took the oath of office Friday as one of five new Illinois State Police troopers in District One.
Trooper Luke Kuehl has a masters’ degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University. He will reside in Whiteside County, Ill.
He and the other cadets completed a 25-week regimen of physical training and classroom instruction, including training in terrorism awareness, domestic violence, critical incident response, juvenile law, criminal law, firearms, pursuit driving and other subjects. He also received first -responder certification.
“These troopers have worked hard and have received the best training to provide them with a solid foundation to serve the citizens of Illinois with integrity, service and pride,” Capt. Jeff Bain, District One Commander, said in a press release.
Probationary troopers also are required to participate in one-on-one mentoring with field training officers in a 17-week field training program. Those who successfully complete the training are advanced to solo-patrol status and attain the rank of trooper.
The four other District One troopers include: Nicholas Chapman, of Canton, Ill.; Stacy Johnson, of Chicago; Matthew Kipping, of Dixon, Ill., and Steven Sanders, of Benton, Ill.