State Police Recruits Report For Training
Date of News Release: 05/22/2011
Capt. Phil Crumpton (right), commander of the Kentucky State Police Academy, urged a new class of trooper cadets onward as they reported for their first day of training in Frankfort on Sunday, May 22 (photo by Les Williams)
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Seventy-nine men and two women reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today to begin a rigorous, 23-week training program that tests mind, body and spirit. It will be a challenge for each one and some will drop out along the way. Those who complete the course will earn the right to wear the distinctive gray uniform and campaign hat of a Kentucky State Trooper.
Physical testing started almost immediately with bench press requirements, sit ups, pushups, a 300 meter run and a one-and-a-half mile run.
"We focus on individual physical conditioning, sound judgment and strong mental abilities during training," says Capt. Phil Crumpton, commander of the KSP Academy. "These are fundamentals that might someday result in life-saving benefits."
The cadets will have to prove themselves on a daily basis, he explains. "They must repeatedly demonstrate the ability to perform under stressful conditions and successfully overcome adversity."
During their training, the cadets will 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.
The dropout rate is high, says Crumpton. "Historically, 20 percent of the cadets do not complete the program."
"Despite this situation, we cannot compromise our training standards," notes KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Law enforcement is a tough job in these times and it gets tougher every day. Our training reflects that reality."
Among the recruits, 18 have prior law enforcement experience and 13 have military experience. Twenty-seven have bachelorís degrees and 10 have associate degrees.
Geographically, the cadets represent 52 communities throughout Kentucky. Eight are from Richmond, six are from Berea, five are from Louisville and four are from Lexington. Three are from Columbia. Independence, Lancaster, Leitchfield, London, Murray, Partridge and Shelbyville are each represented by two cadets.
The following Kentucky communities are each represented by one cadet: Barbourville, Beattyville, Bowling Green, Burkesville, Busy, Cold Spring, Corbin, Cumberland, Drakesboro, Edgewood, Elizabethtown, Florence, Flemingsburg, Frankfort, Georgetown, Greensburg, Greenville, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Horse Cave, Houstonville, Hudson, Lagrange, Lawrenceburg, Lebanon, Liberty, Livingston, Manchester, Mayfield, Morehead, Morganfield, Moselle, Owensboro, Pikeville, Pineville, Russellville, Stanford, Symsonia, Versailles and Whitesburg. Two of the cadets are from Cincinnati, Ohio.
The cadets are tentatively scheduled to graduate on Oct. 30, 2011.
The progress of Cadet Class 89 can be followed throughout the training cycle by logging on to the Kentucky State Police website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org. Photos will be posted periodically showing various training activities.
KSP is currently recruiting for a new cadet class that is tentatively scheduled to begin in May of 2012. Application materials and details on testing location and dates will be posted to the KSP website in early June. Visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org and click on Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home for more information, including an 18 minute video, 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.
Applicants must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, in good health and possess a valid driverís license with no more than six driver demerit points. Applicants must also possess a minimum of 60 semester hours or an associateís 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.
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780