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Kentucky State Police Coming To Bowling Green Looking For Trooper Applicants

Date of News Release: 12/14/2007

FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 14, 2007) - The Kentucky State Police announces that testing for trooper applicants will be held at 8:30 a.m. (CST) on Saturday, January 5, 2007, at the Warren Central School located at 559 Morgantown Road, Bowling Green.

"Recruiting and training new troopers is a constant effort," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "During the past year, 30 sworn officers have retired from the agency. To maintain our strength and quality goals, we're always looking for motivated men and women who want to make a difference in a law enforcement career. Opportunities are many for those who can prove themselves. Our color is gray and our gender is trooper."

"The Kentucky State Police has always had a large group of applicants from the Bowling Green post area," remarks Capt. Bill Payton, commander of the Bowling Green post. "We encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a Kentucky State Trooper to contact the post for more information. If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be able to test here in Bowling Green."

You may also contact the Kentucky State Police Recruitment Branch at 1-866-360-3165. Anyone interested in obtaining information about joining the KSP can call the number during office hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, or leave a message any other time. More information and application forms available for download are on the Internet at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/.

Applicants to the KSP must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, in good health and possess a valid drivers license with no more than six driver demerit points. Applicants must also possess a minimum of 60 college credit hours or an associate's degree from an accredited college or university or be a high school graduate with at least two years of either active military duty or experience as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer.

Applications are also being accepted for a potential accelerated-entry class. The accelerated-entry program shortens the length of cadet training from 23 weeks to 11 weeks for current Kentucky peace officers with at least three (3) years of full-time law enforcement duty. These officers must also be a Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) certified officer.

The starting salary for a Kentucky State Trooper, including a training stipend, is nearly $40,000.

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