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Trooper Youth Week 2022
Police-Oriented Educational Program

Qualifications / Requirements

The student shall submit an essay describing leadership traits they consider important and how these attributes relate to the law enforcement profession. The essay may meet or exceed 500 words but shall not be less than the 500 word minimum. Failure to submit the required essay may result in non-selection

  • Students must have successfully completed their junior year of High School (11th grade) and have satisfied the requirements to enter their senior year (12th grade). Sophomores who are currently 17 years of age may also be eligible. Students must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to the graduation date of their Trooper Youth Week class.
  • Good reputation and sound moral character
  • Must be recommended by High School Principal / guidance department, law enforcement agency, a community representative, or religious leader
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be able to participate in physical fitness activities
  • Must be able to participate in a structured well disciplined program
  • No smoking or other tobacco products permitted

Personal Grooming

It is the policy of the Academy that all Trooper Youth attendees be neat, clean, well-groomed, and present a professional appearance. To achieve the intent of the policy, reasonable grooming regulations have been established. The regulations take into consideration uniformity, neatness, safety, and the quasi-military nature of the Division of State Police.

  1. Unisex standards
    1. Clothing
      1. Conservative clothing will be worn
      2. Pants will be worn at proper business length
      3. Low cut jeans and/or pants that expose undergarments are NOT PERMITTED
      4. Crew style tee-shirts only. Low-cut neck lines and high-cut shirts above the waist line are NOT PERMITTED
      5. Clothing will not have any offensive print (e.g., words, gestures or any other print that is inappropriate)
    2. Jewelry
    3. All jewelry which detracts from the professional appearance of a Trooper Youth or which may constitute a safety hazard, is not permitted

      1. No jewelry of any kind shall be worn during TYW. This includes jewelry below the shoulders (e.g., belly rings)
      2. Watches may be worn at authorized times
      3. NO jewelry or watches shall be worn during physical training
    4. Footwear

      No flip flops, slides, sandals, high heels, or open-toed shoes

    5. Finger nails
      1. Fingernails shall be cleaned and trimmed. Nails shall not extend beyond the tips of the fingers
      2. Fingernail polish, if worn, shall be clear
  2. Trooper Youth males
    1. Hair shall:
      1. Be neatly trimmed, combed, or brushed
      2. Be cut to present a tapered appearance and, when combed, shall not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or extend over the shirt or coat collar when standing with the head in natural posture
      3. Not interfere with the proper wearing of any authorized uniform headgear
      4. Coloring, if used, must appear natural
    2. Facial hair:
      1. Shall be properly shaven at all times
      2. No mustache, beard, or sideburns
  3. Trooper Youth females
    1. Hair:
      1. The length, bulk, or appearance of natural hair shall not be excessive, ragged, or unkempt
      2. Shall be neatly groomed
      3. Shall not be worn longer than the bottom of the shirt or coat collar at the back of the neck when standing with the head in the normal posture
      4. Shall be groomed in front so that it does not fall below the band of a properly worn uniform hat
      5. May be worn slightly over the ears, but in no case shall the bulk or length of the hair interfere with the proper wearing of authorized uniform headgear
      6. Ponytails or platted hair are not permitted
      7. A bun or twist is permitted on the top back of the head provided it is worn in a neat manner and does not interfere with the wearing of uniform headgear
      8. No ribbons or ornaments shall be worn in the hair, except for neat inconspicuous bobby pins or conservative barrettes which blend with the hair color
      9. Coloring, if used, must appear natural
      10. The wearing of a wig or hair piece is permissible
        NOTE: If worn, it shall conform to the standards set forth in this procedure.
    2. Brassieres that provide adequate support shall be worn

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