Commissioner says 29 left state police academy due to role in cheating scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker told the Senate Appropriations Committee that 29 individuals have now left the PSP Academy in Hershey as a result of a cheating scandal that ABC 27 first reported earlier this month.

Blocker, speaking to the committee Wednesday afternoon, said the scandal was discovered in December as a result of “self-reporting.”

“No outsiders alerted us to this. We discovered it and we are taking steps to ensure that it never happens again,” Blocker said, re-iterating that PSP has left no stone unturned in rooting out anyone involved in the scandal.

The 144th class began with 116 members. Blocker said 18 left voluntarily and 29 departed due to possible involvement in the scandal. Blocker said the 144th class, set to graduate March 18, now has 69 cadets.

ABC 27, citing sources, first reported the scandal at the Academy in Hershey. It involved classmates sharing information about tests. ABC 27 has reached out to several of the departed cadets but they have not returned phone calls or refused comment.

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