TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The ranks of the New Jersey State Police grew by 165 troopers Friday.

An outdoor graduation ceremony was held in Trenton with social distancing guidelines in place.

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Not only did the new troopers celebrate completing the academy, they also reunited with family members, who they hadn’t seen in months due to safety precautions.

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Col. Patrick Callahan says the 160th has trained seven days a week for 13 weeks and congratulated the class for their dedication throughout the pandemic.

The 160th graduating class included 146 men and 19 women.

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