Corley Attends Jr. Trooper Program
Spencer Corley, a junior at Tyler Consolidated High School, recently attended and graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy’s Junior Trooper program, held July 8-12 in Institute, W.Va.
The primary focus of the program is to provide students who are interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field with a hands-on view of the West Virginia State Police. Participants are familiarized with the criminal justice community through relevant classroom lectures and interactive scenarios during the week-long program designed to simulate the experiences of a West Virginia State Police Cadet and reinforce the core values of integrity, fairness, respect, honesty, courage and compassion adopted and upheld by West Virginia law enforcement officers.
“The Junior Trooper program is intense and gives West Virginia teens a quick glimpse into the law enforcement profession,” commented Delegate David Kelly (R-Tyler), who has 20 years of law enforcement experience to his credit and is staunch supporter of the program. “I’ve been fortunate to get to know many of the troopers who oversee the academy. I am convinced the students who are chosen to participate in this leadership program will be forever changed for the better by the example set by the West Virginia State Police and through the experiences shared throughout the week.”
Cpt. Shallon Oglesby further explained, “The demands of the training push the students out of their comfort zone and begins to develop them into future leaders. This program was also designed as a mentorship program. During the week we emphasize being a leaders and role model for others, standing up for what is right and the importance of good decision making.”
This year’s academy staff included Cpt. Ogelsby, Sgt. Talia Divita, Cpl. Zach Nine, Sr. Tpr. Michael Brooks, Sr. Tpr. Michelle Shaffer and Sr. Tpr. Evan Greathouse.
Corley has been nominated and chosen to participate in the program twice.
“Last year I had the privilege of attending the West Virginia Junior Trooper Program for the first time, and it was a life-changing experience for me. To be afforded the opportunity to experience the West Virginia State Police Academy twice and learn from the Troopers was a great honor. In my opinion, the leadership skills, discipline, respect and work ethic instilled in the those who participate in this program cannot be learned in any other environment,” he said.
Corley comes from a long line of law enforcement officers, “coasties” and soldiers. “My family is very pro law enforcement and military,” he remarked. “Having grown up in this culture, I have developed a deep respect for the men and women who strive daily to protect and serve our communities, our state and our country. These people have become my role models and my heroes for their bravery and resolve and have shown me what true character looks like.”
He continued, “When I graduate from high school, I aspire to join the military and serve my country. One day I know the lessons I have learned from the State Troopers I have met through Junior Trooper program, as well as the knowledge I have gained from my family members in law enforcement, will make me better prepared for my military career and my life.”
Each year between 60 and 100 applications are submitted. From those submissions approximately 60 students are chosen to participate in the program. The goal is for the students to return one day as cadets and graduate to become West Virginia State Troopers.
Delegate Kelly encourages more students in District 6 to consider applying for the program in 2020. “I would be happy to nominate students from my district,” he said. “If you or someone you know is interested in the Junior Trooper program, please get in touch with me.”
The West Virginia Junior Trooper program is open to students in all 55 counties. Candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 17 and be nominated by an employee of the West Virginia State Police, a member of the West Virginia Legislature or the school superintendent of the county in which the candidate resides. Nomination forms are sent to school guidance counselors every spring and can also be found on the West Virginia State Police website. In addition to the form, each candidate is required to submit a letter of request stating the reason he or she believes they should be selected to attend.
For additional information regarding this program, visit www.wvsp.gov.