During a morning graduation ceremony at Elizabeth High School on Friday, the New Jersey State Police welcomed its most racially-diverse class ever. Leading law officials presented badges to dozens of new troopers.

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Fifty-four percent of the graduates are from minority groups.

The 152nd Class completed 24 weeks of physical and academic training consisting of exhaustive classroom and practical training scenarios.

“The 91 men and women of the 152nd Class entered on day one as individuals, and are now leaving as a unified team. They successfully completed the transformation from civilian to highly-skilled law enforcement professional, and are ready to begin their careers as protectors of the citizens of New Jersey,” said Julian Castellanos, Commandant of the New Jersey State Police Academy.