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Youth week underway at CT State Police Academy

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Youth week is underway at the Connecticut State Police Academy in Meriden.

At a dizzying pace, cadets are taking part in a number of rigorous activities.

“They learn everything from military drills and ceremony [to] leadership development,” said Sgt. Anthony Carter, state police. “They do some driving like our recruits would do, they do some firearms training in a minimal way.”

“If you're not used to that experience, it can be really difficult,” said Samantha Saalborn of New Fairfield.

The Saalborn triplets are part of this year’s class. After two days, they said they’re nearly wiped out.

“I feel tired but excited to be here,” said Alexander Saalborn.

Brothers Alexander and Luke Saalborn said they are considering law enforcement careers while their sister Samantha is trying out.

“It just lets me know what's it’s like to seriously be in it,” she said.

Later in the week, state police said the cadets will get a chance to fire a Taser at a dummy. Instructors said that’s not even the best part.

Aside from college scholarships that will be given out, there’s a leadership exercise viewed as the jewel of the entire experience.

“It’s a culminating exercise called the ‘warrior's path’ where they pair it up with another cadet and they go through everything they've learned for the week and they put it together at the end,” Carter said.

For the Saalborns, no matter where their careers lead, they consider it a week to remember.

“It’s a lot of fun, being with your siblings, having them go through it with you,” they said.

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