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State Police Cadets Report For Training

Date of News Release: 01/04/2008

An image of Lt. Bobby Day welcomes cadets to the Kentucky State Police Academy(Frankfort, Ky.) - Fifty-five recruits from throughout the Commonwealth reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today to begin 23 weeks of training. Among the group, 13 have prior law enforcement experience and 13 have military experience. Twenty-two have bachelor's degrees and 11 have associate degrees.

"We have high hopes for Cadet Class 87," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Fifty-three troopers retired during 2008, so we're looking forward to replenishing our ranks in order to continue our mission of protecting the citizens of Kentucky."

An image of Sgt. Curt Hall prepares cadets for physical testing, click here to enlarge in a new windowThe cadets face a tough road before they can wear the gray uniform and the distinctive hat of the Kentucky State Police. They'll have to complete more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study that includes subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, land navigation, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.

An image of Trooper Shawn Darby spots cadets during sit-up test, click here to enlarge in a new window"The cadets will have to prove themselves physically, mentally and emotionally on a daily basis," explains Capt. Tony Terry, commander of the KSP Academy. "They must repeatedly demonstrate the ability to perform under stressful conditions and successfully overcome adversity."

An image of Trooper Tom Pyzik starts a cadet on a timed run, click here to enlarge in a new windowDue to these requirements, the drop out rate is high. "Historically, 20 percent of the cadets leave the program before completing their training," he says.

Geographically, the cadets represent 40 communities throughout Kentucky. Four are from London. Three are from Bowling Green, three from Campbellsville and three from Hazard. Lewisburg, Lexington, Louisville, Shelbyville and Sturgis are each represented by two cadets.

An image of Trooper Michelle Lunsford times cadets on running test, click here to enlarge in a new windowThe following Kentucky communities are each represented by one cadet: Cadiz, Clarkson, Crayner, East Bernstadt, Elizabethtown, Falls of Rough, Florence, Frankfort, Hardinsburg, Hardyville, Hyden, Jackson, Leitchfield, Manchester, Mayfield, McKee, Milton, Mt. Sterling, Murray, Nicholasville, Phyllis, Pikeville, Printer, Raywick, Richmond, Rockholds, Salyersville, Topmost, Versailles, Vicco and Williamstown.

The cadets are tentatively scheduled to graduate on June 12, 2009.

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