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Trooper Shaun Little
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Post 9, Pikeville
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Nine New Troopers Report To The Pikeville Kentucky State Police Post

Date of News Release: 12/27/2005

(Pikeville, KY) - Nine new Troopers report for duty today at the Kentucky State Police Post 9-Pikeville. After 22 weeks of intensive training, two Kentucky State Police Cadet Classes graduated on December 20, 2005. This is the largest number of Troopers graduating at one time. Eighty-eight men joined the ranks as KSP Cadet Classes #84 & 85 graduated in Frankfort. With their addition to the workforce, the number of sworn officers has grown to 1,013.

A list of the new Troopers assigned to Kentucky State Police Post 09 are as follows:

An image of Trooper Jared Alfrey An image of Trooper Timothy Austin An image of Trooper Eric Gibson
Trooper Jared Alfrey, Marysville, OH Trooper Timothy Austin, Paintsville, KY Trooper Eric Gibson, Man, WV
An image of Trooper Kristopher Kirk An image of Trooper William Petry An image of Trooper Hoyt Smith
Trooper Kristopher Kirk, Winfield, WV Trooper William Petry, Prestonsburg, KY Trooper Hoyt Smith, Brushy, KY
An image of Trooper Gary Sykes An image of Trooper Tony Tackett An image of Trooper Kevin Thacker
Trooper Gary Sykes, Elkhorn City, KY Trooper Tony Tackett, Galveston, KY Trooper Kevin Thacker, Shelbiana
Picture of Class #84, click here to enlarge
Picture of Class #85, click here to enlarge

These new Troopers will be paired with Field Training Officers (veteran Troopers) for the first two months. These field training officers will be re-enforcing the training the new Troopers received at the Kentucky State Police academy as well as introducing them to our community and the area they are working. "We are proud to welcome these new Troopers into the KSP family" stated Captain Jim Booth, Post 9 Commander, "These Troopers will be a great addition to Post 9 and we know that they will become an integral part of the Eastern Kentucky community"

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