HARRISBURG, Pa., March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker released the following statement on his formal request to the Office of Inspector General to conduct an additional outside investigation regarding allegations of misconduct at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey:
"In December of last year, the Pennsylvania State Police's Internal Affairs Division initiated an investigation of cheating at our Academy. As a result, a significant number of cadets have either resigned or been dismissed.
"While many important changes are already underway, and although I have tremendous confidence in the ongoing IAD investigation, I believe that given the broad nature of recent allegations reported in the press, an outside investigation is in the best interest of both the State Police and the people of Pennsylvania.
"As a result, I have requested that the Office of Inspector General initiate a comprehensive investigation upon a referral from the State Police. I am requesting OIG to use its experience and resources to look at allegations about the Academy. In addition, I have asked OIG to consider what factors may have contributed to any misconduct and make recommendations.
"I take very seriously my role as the head of the Pennsylvania State Police, and my commitment to ensuring every single Trooper, including myself, upholds our core values.
"For over a century, the Pennsylvania State Police has earned the trust of the Commonwealth. The people of Pennsylvania rely on our Troopers to keep them safe across the Commonwealth, and they trust them to act with the utmost integrity and honor.
"Any action that challenges this bond is completely unacceptable, and I will do everything in my authority to hold any individual who undermines our core values accountable.
"I look forward to the results of the OIG's investigation and continuing my efforts to move the State Police forward in a way that makes constructive changes that strengthen our core values and our abilities to protect and serve."
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SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police