Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Forty Troopers Graduate From Kentucky State Police Academy
Date of News Release: 07/06/2012
(FRANKFORT, Ky.)—The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 40 new troopers at ceremonies held today in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 948 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The new troopers were part of the agency's third Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP), a condensed course for current police officers who have three years of Kentucky Police Officer Professional Standards (POPS) law enforcement experience. They started an 11-week training cycle on April 15, 2012 in a class that consisted of 48 cadets. Eight resigned during the weeks of constant mental and physical challenges that followed.
The 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, 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.
"Governor Beshear continues to show his support for the Kentucky State Police and keeping our rural communities safe by allowing us to continue running cadet classes during these tough budgetary times," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "These 40 new troopers have demonstrated that they possess the perseverance and expertise needed to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky and we're pleased to welcome them to the prestigious ranks of the Thin Gray Line."
Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown addressed the cadets and noted that they have served in 28 different law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth and collectively represent 215 years of law enforcement experience. "But what makes them different now is the patch they wear on their shoulders and the word 'Trooper.'"
"The Kentucky State Police is often described as the Thin Gray Line," he said, "but don't mistake that as a weak gray line. Thin is used because we often only see the edge of the sword. Although they cover the entire state, you often only see one or two at a time. What you don't see is the length and depth of the sword and you don't often realize how deeply that sword will cut if it becomes necessary."
"Their numbers are not as great as they have been in the past, but their quality and commitment has never been better," he added. "The line is long and it may appear thin, but it is endless."
Several members of the class earned special recognitions including valedictorian Sean Wint, of Hopkinsville, Ky., and salutatorian Eric Moore, of Somerset, Ky.
Wint also 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, and the Overall Physical Training Award.
Craig Miller, of Lynch, Ky., and Jonathan Murphy, of Greenville, Ky., received the Commissioner's Commitment to Excellence Award, which is presented to cadets who demonstrate 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 2, MADISONVILLE
Cody Kromer, Providence, Ky.
Jonathan Murphy, Greenville, Ky.
Sean Wint, Hopkinsville, Ky.
POST 3, BOWLING GREEN
Joshua Amos, Morgantown, Ky.
POST 4, ELIZABETHTOWN
Brandon Brooks, Leitchfield, Ky.
Shannan White, Scranton, Penn.
POST 5, CAMPBELLSBURG
Patrick Stucker, Bardstown, Ky.
Matthew Whalen, LaGrange, Ky.
POST 7, RICHMOND
Leonard Carpenter, Richmond, Ky.
Robert Edwards, Annville, Ky.
Jonathan Hall, Berea, Ky.
Nathaniel Parke, Lexington, Ky.
Roy Scalf, Annville, Ky.
Jeffrey Stith, Danville, Ky.
POST 8, MOREHEAD
Grant Faulkner, Stanton, Ky.
Thurman Paige, Flemingsburg, Ky.
Jared Wagner, Ewing, Ky.
POST 9, PIKEVILLE
Dustin Thompson, Flat Gap, Ky.
Justin Wireman, Salyersville, Ky.
POST 10, HARLAN
Chad Gregory, Corbin, Ky.
William Howard, Baxter, Ky.
Craig Miller, Lynch, Ky.
Kenneth Sergent, Cumberland, Ky.
Rodney Stugill, Cumberland, Ky.
POST 11, LONDON
Adam Childress, Somerset, Ky.
William Cowan, Somerset, Ky.
Eric Moore, Somerset, Ky.
POST 12, FRANKFORT
Keith Armstrong, Taylorsville, Ky.
Ray Caudill, Winchester, Ky.
Tyler Clark, Versailles, Ky.
Brian Miller, Shelbyville, Ky.
Matthew Rogers, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Gabe Welch, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
POST 14, ASHLAND
Nathaniel Carter, Grayson, Ky.
Timothy Duvall, Catlettsburg, Ky.
Eric Homan, Cincinnati, Ohio.
POST 15, COLUMBIA
Kenneth Brown, Burkesville, Ky.
Brian Gibson, Burkesville, Ky.
Kevin Roberts, Nancy, Ky.
Jason Warinner, Albany, Ky.
The new troopers will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post duty assignments.
KSP will begin accepting applications for its next traditional, 23-week cadet class on Aug. 1, 2012. The class is scheduled for the summer of 2013. Additional information and testing dates will be announced at that time.
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 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.
The Kentucky State Police is a law enforcement agency that prides itself on attracting the best individuals to become law enforcement personnel. KSP affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender or age. To view the KSP Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, click on: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/EEOP_Short_Form.pdf