Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Sixty-three Troopers Graduate From Kentucky State Police Academy
Date of News Release: 09/17/2010
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2010) -- The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 63 new troopers at ceremonies held today in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 917 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.
"Troopers have a diverse mission to protect, intervene, moderate, advocate, console, pre-empt, sacrifice, testify, encourage, assist and educate," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "That's why I have fought hard to protect public safety from devastating budget cuts. While many states are slashing public safety costs and some even laying off officers, we are working hard to help give law enforcement the tools they need to better serve Kentuckians."
The new troopers started a 23-week training cycle on April 11, 2010 in a class that consisted of 90 cadets. Their training included more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, survival Spanish, 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.
"Today we welcomed 63 new members of the 'Thin Gray Line,' who have become what others did not want to be and who will, no doubt, go where others would fear to go," said Secretary of Justice and Public Safety J. Michael Brown, who addressed the new troopers. "Their service will allow us to enjoy the freedoms of our Kentucky way of life as they safeguard our communities, our highways and our homes."
"These new troopers stand on the shoulders of all those who have gone before them," added KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "We welcome them to our ranks as they take up the torch of law and order and carry it into the future."
Several members of the class earned special recognitions including valedictorian Nicholas Davis, of Lexington, Ky., and salutatorian Wesley Medley, of Glasgow, Ky.
Medley, who also served as class president, addressed the cadets and reminded them of the class motto, Earned, Never Given. "Everything we achieved, every accomplishment, every obstacle we overcame was earned, never given," he said. "We also learned that pain shared is pain divided and joy shared is joy multiplied."
Jevin Keding, of Crescent, Ky., received the Ernie Bivens Award, an honor presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, shows distinction as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy's physical and vocational training.
Justin Phillips, of Elkhorn, Ky., received the Commissioner's Commitment to Excellence Award, which is presented to the cadet who demonstrates leadership, the desire to get the job done and the determination to be the best every day.
The following is a list of the new troopers, their duty assignments and their hometowns or residences:
POST 1, MAYFIELD
Michael L. Bennett, Murray, Ky.
Raymond W. Chambers, Glasgow, Ky.
Cory M. Hamby, Murray, Ky.
James D. Martin, Radcliff, Ky.
Jonathon D. Ward, Central City, Ky.
POST 2, MADISONVILLE
Benjamin W. Cox, Trenton, Ky.
Jacob W. Fortney, Owensboro, Ky.
Ryan D. Fox, Hopkinsville, Ky.
Jonathan C. McGehee, Sacramento, Ky.
Scotty R. Sharp, Leitchfield, Ky.
Casey J. Wethington, Columbia, Ky.
POST 3, BOWLING GREEN
Wesley L. Medley, Glasgow, Ky.
Justin M. Rountree, Horse Cave, Ky.
POST 5, CAMPBELLSBURG
Mitchel S. Hazelett, Roanoke, Ind.
Chad J. Johnson, Berea, Ky.
Jennifer R. Johnson, Seymour, Ind.
Nathan M. Steinert, Crab Orchard, Ky.
Bryan J. Washer, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Stratford E. Young, Brandenburg, Ky.
POST 6, DRY RIDGE
Jeffrey T. Gaby, Lexington, Ky.
Ronald P. Gilbert, Washington, DC
Laney K. Hall, Nicholasville, Ky.
Charles C. Haselwood, Florence, Ky.
Jeven L. Keding, Crescent, Ky.
Kyle B. Reams, Orlando, Ky.
Jason P. Ritter, Butler ky.
Michael J. Snowden, Jeffersonville, Ky.
POST 8, MOREHEAD
Daniel M. Armstrong, Morehead, Ky.
Charles A. Bowling, Beattyville, Ky.
Jason E. Brown, Frenchburg, Ky.
Brandon C. Eversole, Booneville, Ky.
Mary L. Syvertsen, Clarksville, Tenn.
Anson B. Tribby, Mayslick, Ky.
Michael C. Wathen, Smyrna, Tenn.
Joseph M. Zalone, Mount Staerling, Ky.
POST 9, PIKEVILLE
Joshua D. Brainard, Somerset, Ky.
Zachary G. Bryson, London, Ky.
Joshua C. Chenault, Georgetown, Ky.
James B. Creekmore, Williamsburg, Ky.
Michael Z. Haney, West Liberty, Ky.
Adam L. Hensley, Louisville, Ky.
John M. Hindman, Elkville, Ill. Christopher T. Martin, Taylorsville, Ky.
Steven C. Mounts, Huntington, W. Va.
Rodney C. Pratt, Augusta, Ky.
Ryan P. Roessler, Cold Spring, Ky.
Gary A. Rubado, Lexington, Ky.
POST 12, FRANKFORT
Brian W. Smith, Lexington, Ky.
POST 14, ASHLAND
David I. Boarman, Morehead, Ky.
Jack A. Hedges, Frankfort, Ky.
Daniel G. Vossmer, Frankfort, Ky.
POST 15, COLUMBIA
Nicholas B. Davis, Lexington, Ky.
Morris W. Farris, Liberty, Ky.
Jonathan P. Houk, Summersville, Ky.
Michael A. Moore, London, Ky.
Justin L. Phillips, Elkhorn, Ky.
Christopher A. Saunders, London, Ky.
Ryan D. Wolking, Purcellville, Va.
POST 16, HENDERSON
William J. Beauchamp, Morganfield, Ky.
Jerry L. Clanton, Vine Grove, ky.
Jared A. Clemons, Leitchfield, Ky.
Joshua D. Dicken, Columbia, Ky.
Anthony P. Hardin, Vine grove, Ky.
The new troopers will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post duty assignments.
According to Brewer, even with the addition of the new troopers, KSP is still below strength. "Although we remain understaffed from our authorized strength, we continually strive to provide the best service possible to the citizens of the Commonwealth."
KSP is currently recruiting for a new cadet class that is scheduled to begin in late May of 2011. The deadline for applying is Oct. 13, 2010.
Applicants must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, in good health and possess a valid driver's license with no more than six driver demerit points. Applicants must also possess a minimum of 60 semester 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. Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/career.htm for more information or to download an application. Anyone interested in obtaining more information after visiting the website can call 1-866-360-3165 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, or leave a message any other time.