29 Cadets Forced Out of Pennsylvania State Police Academy Amid Allegations of Cheating

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers walk along Route 191 after searching the woods in Henryville, Pa., during the 2014 manhunt for suspected cop killer Eric Frein. (PHOTO CREDIT: Butch Comegys/The Scranton Times-Tribune file via AP)
Pennsylvania State Police Troopers walk along Route 191 after searching the woods in Henryville, Pa., during the 2014 manhunt for suspected cop killer Eric Frein. (PHOTO CREDIT: Butch Comegys/The Scranton Times-Tribune file via AP)

Twenty-nine cadets have left the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, amid an investigation into allegations of cheating among the prospective troopers.

Penn Live reports that the 29 cadets, who were part of a class expected to graduate next month, have either been dismissed or have resigned from the academy so far.

Citing unnamed police sources, Penn Live reported that a “cheat sheet” had been discovered, and noted that at the academy, “some of the test materials haven’t changed between classes.”

Recruits have written tests and other exams, and if the materials weren’t switched up, that allows for a “possible vulnerability in the process,” the newspaper reported. Details of the exact nature of the allegations still seemed a bit unclear, however, with the Associated Press reporting that State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker “gave only a few details about the probe into the academy’s 144th graduating class, saying the investigation is ongoing.”

Blocker, the AP reported, would not describe the manner of alleged cheating.

“We won’t tolerate anyone who lies, cheats or steals,” he said, according to Penn Live. “The public has, and rightfully so, an expectation that members of the State Police have the highest integrity and I am insistent on that.”

The allegations are still under investigation.

“We’re working very diligently at bringing some closure to the investigation,” Blocker told reporters. “However, I want to be clear. We will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to the integrity of the Pennsylvania State Police.”

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Sarah Larimer