Number of women graduating from NJ State police rises
11 women graduated from the program on Friday, plus 6 in Dec. and 4 in Oct.
By Susan K. Livio
The State Police graduated 149 new troopers yesterday, adding more women than it did in the two previous classes combined, but losing some ground on the racial and ethnic minority mix of its graduates.
Attracting a more diverse group of trooper candidates has been a priority for the Christie administration since 2011, when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threatened legal action unless more aggressive recruitment steps were taken.
Yesterday’s graduates also included 11 women, representing 7.3 percent of the class. But compared with four female graduates in October and the six in December, the increase is noteworthy. Gov. Chris Christie applauded the continuing efforts to create a law enforcement agency that is striving to reflect New Jersey’s population.