American Legion Student Trooper Program – (closed for 2012)
Sponsored by The American Legion Department of North Carolina and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The purpose of the North Carolina American Legion Student Trooper Program is to dreate an association between our young piop;e and the men and women who are responsible for enforcing the lasw of our State. The American Legion believes that our young people have a strong sense of patriotism and a high regard for Law and Order. It is our belief that the young men and women who participate in the Student Trooper Program will develop favorable attitudes toward Las Enforcement and Will articulate those atitudes throughout their communities and among their peers.
This program will be conducted at the North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center in Raleigh and is a cooperative sponsorship of teh North Carolina American Legion and the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Cadets will participate in a wide variety of instructinal sessions. They will learn the use of police skills, including drug detection, firearms safety, and precision driving, just to name a few. Instructors from the NCHP and other phases of Law Enforcement and related subjects will be intergrated into the week long program.
Each applicant MUST be sponsored by an American Legion Post. In this case the sponsoring Post is Post 10, in Wilmington, NC. Limited space is available at the Training Center. THis year we hope to be able to house 50 cadets students. Qualified appplicants will be selected on a first come basis. The sponsoring Post will assume the responsibility for the student’s attendance, including submitting a properly completed application and physical form, transportation to and from the Training Center and tuition fees.
Tuituin fee and total cost for the weeks program is $200 and is the responsibility of the sponsoring Post, though the paymentmay come from an sourses outside the sponsoring post. However, the sponsoring Post must assure that the tuition fee accompanies application and medical forms when mailed to the State Headquarters by the deadline date.
Applicants who have successfully completed their JUNIOR AND/OR SENIOR YEAR of high school will be considered. Applicant must be of good moral character, demonstrate qualities of Americanism andpresent a neat apperance.
DUE TO THE RIGOUOUS TRAINING INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM, THOSE WHO MAY REQUIRE SPECIAL MEDICATION OR HADICAPPED ACCOMMODATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.
NO CONDITION OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, OR CREED IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR SELECTION.
A COMPLETE MEDICAL FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION AND FEES STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO BEGIN A PHYSICAL CONDITIONING PROGRAM BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE TRAINING CENTER.
All students will be housed and meals served at the Academy cafeteria. Due to limitations at the cafeteria, those who require special diets will not be accommodated. Students are expected to remain at the Center at all times except for scheduled training away from the Academy. Towels and bed linens will be provided by the Academy. Student Troopers shall conduct themselves as gentalmen/ladies at all times. They shall perform all duties in a thorough, precise manner without hesitation or comment, carry out all lawful orders, commands and instruction issued by Staff Personel.
Each student will be issued two T-shirts, visor cap, PT shirt and shorts, and portfolio with program emblem. Each student will be mailed, prior to the opening of the session, a “Call TO Duty Report” letter. This letter will inform the stucents of the personal items he/she will need for the wek, alson with Rules of Conduct and other instructions. A prescribed uniform will be worn for all supervised events except recreation.
Rules if Conduct:
1. Student Troopers shall do their best in the performance of duty. They will comply with all rules, regulations and orders issued.
2. The military nature of the State Highway Patrol and Patrol training requires that certain rules of courtesy be extended to all commissioned/non-commissioned officers of the Highway Patrol, guest instructors and members of the staff. Student Troopers will always stand when being addressed and reply by stating “Yes Sir/Ma’am” or “No Sir/Ma’am”.
3. Student Troopers will not posses or use at any time, any tobacco products while at the training center.
Physical Training Program:
In order for the Student Trooper to be able to do his/her best in physical training, it is recommended he/she consider the following exercises to work on: Sit-ups, Push-ups, Jumping Jacks and Running.
Counselors will consist of dedicated volunteers from the American Legion family and selected HP Training Center staff. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Program Director Richard Neville. Instructors wil come from the ranks of the NCHP and other Law Enforcement and related agencies.
Registration and Checkout:
Registration will be 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the Noth Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center in Raleigh. Checkout is on Friday, June 15, 2012 and graduation will be completed by 2:30 PM that same day. Persons providing transportation must pick up students at the Academy immediately after graduation ceremonies.
Private vehicles are prohibited without previous approval of the Program Director.
Wisitors will not be allowed in the barracks during the week of the scholl. Family and friends of the students are invited to attend the Graduation Ceremony. Parents and guests may tour the facility immediately following the Graduation. Everyone is invited which includes family, friends and patrol members and Legionaires.
20th Annual Session
All correspondence related to this program should be addressed to:
Student Trooper Program
The American Legion Department NC
PO Box 26657
Raleigh, NC 27611
Richard Neville, Program Dirctor
Approximately 50 students can be accommodated at the Training Center
TUITION is $200 per applicant
Deadline is TBD, 2013 or until program is full.