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New Troopers at Post 10 Harlan

Date of News Release: 01/22/2015

New Troopers at Post 10 Harlan

(Harlan, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police has added three new Troopers to its Post in Harlan. The Three - Joshua Messer, Taylor Mills, Christopher Pruitt - are members of the Kentucky State Police Class No. 92, which graduated January 16, 2015. The graduation and commissioning ceremony of 69 new troopers was held at the Franklin County Convention Center in Frankfort.

They started a 23-week training cycle on August 3, 2014 in a class that consisted of 110 cadets. Forty-one resigned during the weeks of 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.

Josh Messer, of London, is a 2007 graduate of South Laurel High School and also attended Somerset Community College. He is married to wife Amanda Messer.

Taylor Milles, of Pineville, is a 2011 graduate of Bell County High School and attended Southeast Community College.

Christopher Pruitt, of East Bernstandt, is a 2001 graduate of North Laurel High School and attended Eastern Ky University.

The new troopers will now undergo an eight week field training program where they will work alongside a veteran trooper who will serve as a field training officer. The new troopers will receive their county assignments upon completion of the field training program.