Jacob Taccardi Announces Graduation From Junior Law Cadet

/EINPresswire.com/ Junior Law Cadets Graduate Friday from State Police Academy.

7 high school students from across the Commonwealth became the newest graduates of the Junior Law Cadet program co-sponsored by the Virginia State Police and the American Legion, Department of Virginia Inc. The young men and women were presented their graduation certificates at the Virginia State Police Academy in Chesterfield County.

Jacob Taccardi helps assist society by joining programs such as the Herndon Virginia Youth Police Academy that introduce our youth to their role in community policing and possible careers in law enforcement. The 21st annual Junior Law Cadet program is a weeklong training curriculum for high school students who have completed their junior year. Cadets experience a life similar to a trooper-in-training, complete with daily room inspections and instruction by state police troopers on Department operations, crime scene investigations, officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, scuba training, defensive tactics and firearms safety.

As part of their training, the cadets also undergo a variety of physical agility exercises used in the Virginia State Police applicant testing process.

"The daily instruction and exercises gives the young men and women a glimpse into the life and training a Virginia State trooper undergoes," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. "It's a valuable experience, especially for teenagers who have an interest in pursuing law enforcement as a career. More importantly, the Junior Law Cadet program is one of the best ways for our Department to make contact and build positive relationships with today's young people."

The American Legion selects and sponsors the students to represent the organization's Virginia districts. Attached is a list of all participating students and their hometowns.

Cadet Benjamin Scearce, of Danville, Va., was selected for the Jessica J. Cheney Spirit Award. The annual award is presented in memory of Trooper Jessica J. Cheney who was the first cadet to graduate from the program and go on to become a trooper. Trooper Cheney died of injuries suffered Jan. 17, 1998, after being struck by a vehicle as she directed traffic at a crash scene on Route 1, north of Fredericksburg. The award is presented to the cadet who demonstrates the same motivation, drive and enthusiasm that Trooper Cheney displayed as a cadet.

About Jacob Taccardi

Jacob is an active member of his community and enjoys giving back to others.

Additional award recipients include:

Physical Fitness Award for Female: Dubravska Garcia of Chesterfield, Va.

Physical Fitness Award for Male: Mason Flippo of Chesterfield, Va.

Outstanding Female Cadet: Damba Koroma of Alexandria, Va.

Outstanding Male Cadet: Joseph Unger of Winchester. Va.

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