Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Thirty-Six Cadets Graduate From Kentucky State Police Academy
Date of Release: 03/25/05
(FRANKFORT, Ky.)-Thirty-six new state troopers received diplomas during Kentucky State Police Academy graduation ceremonies today in Frankfort. With their addition to the force, the agency strength reaches a total of 966 sworn officers serving the citizens of the commonwealth.
"Today, these cadets cross into the Thin Gray Line, and become a part of one of the state's premier law enforcement agencies," said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. "Completing the Kentucky State Police Academy is a rigorous endeavor that requires patience, sacrifice and a deep commitment to a greater service. The commonwealth proudly recognizes the accomplishments of these dedicated individuals and welcomes them into the ranks of the Kentucky State Police."
"The distinctive gray uniform and campaign hat of the Kentucky State Police are earned, not given," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller. "Last October, the cadets in this class started 22 weeks of training. They faced many mental, physical and emotional challenges since then. Thirty-six cadets completed the training and graduated today. They deserve a salute for achieving this goal."
"Recruiting and training new troopers is a constant effort," Miller added. "Last year, 44 sworn officers retired from the agency. Forty have retired since this current class started training. To maintain our strength and quality standards, we're always looking for good people who want to make a difference with a career as a Kentucky state trooper."
Several members of the class earned special recognition including valedictorian John Hawkins, of Gautier, Miss. and salutatorian Andy Olson, of Greensburg, Ky. Jason McLellan, of Feds Creek, Ky., received the Ernie Bivens Award, an honor presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the Kentucky State Police Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, distinguishes themself as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy's physical and vocational training.
The following is a list of the new troopers, their hometowns and their duty assignments:
|Eric Barnett||Corbin||Dry Ridge|
|Michael Dennis||Oak Grove||Mayfield|
|John Hawkins||Gautier, Miss.||Dry Ridge|
|Keith Howard||S. Webster, Ohio||Morehead|
|Zachary Jones||Winslow, Ind.||Henderson|
|Dan Kneaskern||Johnson City, Tenn.||Dry Ridge|
|Jason Lanham||Dawson Springs||Bowling Green|
|Jason McLellan||Feds Creek||Pikeville|
|Brandon McPherson||Belton||Bowling Green|
|Eugene Robinson||Mount Vernon||Morehead|
|Richard Saint-Blancard||Petersburg||Dry Ridge|
|Jeremy Smith||Nancy||Bowling Green|
For information about how to become a Kentucky State Police trooper, contact the KSP Recruitment Branch at 502-695-6320 or visit the KSP web site at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/career.htm.