Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Four KSP Cadets assigned to Post 8 Morehead
Date of News Release: 11/04/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police recently held its graduation ceremony in Frankfort on October 30, 2011. Of the sixty graduates, four distinguished Troopers will be reporting to Post 8 Morehead. They are Trooper Kenna Burton, Unit 487, Trooper Gary Hall, Unit 419, Trooper Jonathan Moore, Unit 749, and Trooper William Sparks, Unit 389.
Trooper Burton is a 1995 graduate of Powell County High School. She attended the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky State University colleges, majoring in Corrections and Criminal Justice. Trooper Burton also graduated in 2005 from the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond. She has the distinction of being the only female in her class in both the Kentucky State Police Academy and DOCJT. As a graduate of the Kentucky State Police, she earned the Ernie Bevins Award and was also the Treasurer for the Cadet class. In addition, each Trooper has to submit a written request to obtain a specific available Unit number. She chose hers to honor her father, a retired Kentucky State Police Trooper.
Since her graduation from DOCJT, she has been employed with the Richmond Police Department for the past six years. As her career begins at Post 8, she will be assigned to patrol the Montgomery, Bath and Menifee counties.
Trooper Hall is a 2002 graduate of Berea Community High School. He also attended Eastern Kentucky State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. Trooper Hall was a dispatcher for the Berea Police Department for one year before becoming an officer with them from 2005 until 2011. In 2006 he graduated from the DOCJT. Trooper Hall will be assigned to patrol the Fleming, Mason and Lewis counties.
Trooper Jonathan Moore is a 2003 graduate from Owsley County High School. He is a 2006 graduate from Hazard Community College, majoring in Criminal Justice as well as graduating from the DOCJT in the same year. While working for the Madison County Sheriff's Department he received the Governor's Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement for two consecutive years. Trooper Moore will be assigned to patrol the Morgan and Elliott counties.
Trooper Sparks is a 2007 graduated from the Mason County High School. He is a 2011 graduate from the Eastern Kentucky State University, majoring in Criminal Justice with the honor of Summa Cum Laude. Trooper Sparks is also acknowledged as a "Kentucky Colonel." He will be assigned to patrol Rowan County.