Pennsylvania State Police root out cheaters

    Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker promises state lawmakers closure in the investigation into cheating at the police academy. (Pennsylvania State Police)

    Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker promises state lawmakers closure in the investigation into cheating at the police academy. (Pennsylvania State Police)

    The investigation into cheating at the Pennsylvania State Police training academy hasn’t wrapped up yet.

    But Commissioner Tyree Blocker told a state House panel Tuesday that his agency has “all the resources that we need to ensure that we will have some closure to this investigation at our academy.”

    In the meantime, the current class of academy trainees has dwindled from 116 to about 60 cadets. Blocker reported to Senate lawmakers last week that 29 cadets resigned in the fallout over suspected cheating. Roughly 20 more left the academy for unrelated reasons.

    “They found out that police work was not for them,” said Blocker.

    The cheating investigation at the police academy began in December and was publicly acknowledged by top brass in early February. The current cadet class is scheduled to graduate this month. Blocker said its members will be held to the agency’s ethical standards and core values.

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