Fifty teenagers from 34 Pennsylvania counties have been invited to learn about state police operations at the Commissioner's Honor Camp this week at the State Police Academy in Hershey, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

Pawlowski said the cadets, ages 13-18, were selected from among more than 1,500 boys and girls who participated in 26 local Camp Cadet programs last year. The Honor Camp was created in 1998 as a reward for the top two cadets from each local program, he said

"The Honor Camp provides the cadets with a better understanding of the workings of the Pennsylvania State Police and state government," Pawlowski said. "Also, this is a wonderful opportunity for our troopers to build positive professional relationships with these outstanding young people."

Troopers teach Honor Camp cadets about criminal investigations, police skills, use of force and other related topics. The camp includes team problem-solving activities and sports.

Visits to the Capitol, Governor's residence, state police headquarters, and Hershey's Chocolate World also are included in the week's itinerary.

Pawlowski said the program began Sunday. A graduation ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the State Police Academy.

Cpl. Joseph P. Nolte of the State Police Bureau of Training and Education coordinates the Honor Camp program. Julia E. Montgomery of the Pennsylvania Department of Health is the program administrator.

Among the youth attending are:Liam Jacobs of Center Valley, Lehigh County; and Austin Larsen of Mount Pocono, Monroe County.