- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s governor on Wednesday indirectly confirmed news reports of an investigation into possible cheating at the state police academy in Hershey.

Gov. Tom Wolf told reporters it was a personnel matter but added that if cheating did occur, “it’s absolutely unacceptable.”

“Cheating is wrong, and I don’t think it goes any farther than you can’t tolerate it,” Wolf said. “You can’t tolerate it in any part of life.”

Asked about how the investigation is being conducted, the Democratic governor said the state will “work out the best way to find out if cheating actually went on, and if it went on, people will pay the price.”

Television station WHTM in Harrisburg on Monday was the first to report the probe, citing unidentified sources.

State police spokeswoman Maria Finn had little to say on the matter, citing the 4,700-trooper agency’s policy not to comment on or confirm active internal investigations.

“Cheating or any similar behavior is absolutely unacceptable and would merit serious discipline for anyone involved,” Finn said. “We have no further comment at this time.”

The two classes currently going through the academy are scheduled to graduate in March and June.

Cadets are paid about $600 a week for a program that takes more than six months.

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