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Three New Troopers Assigned to Post 14 Ashland

Date of News Release: 10/30/2015

Front Row: Zach Scott Back Left to Right: Bradley Couch, Cory Tharp
Front Row: Zach Scott Back Left to Right: Bradley Couch, Cory Tharp

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police has added three new troopers to the ranks at Post 14 in Ashland.

The new troopers are part of the agency's 93rd cadet class. They reported for duty on May 24, 2015 in a class that consisted of 70 cadets. Twenty-five resigned during the rigorous 23-week training cycle that followed. Four women started the program and one, Tiffany Bond, of Prestonsburg, completed the training. Two African Americans, one Asian American and one American Indian\Alaskan native also graduated in the class. The graduation and commissioning ceremony of the 45 new troopers was held in Frankfort, KY on October 29, 2015.

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.

The new troopers are:

Cory Tharp 506
Bradley Couch 1177
Zach Scott 661

Tharp, of Argillite, KY, is a 2006 graduate of Greenup County High School and a 2011 graduate of Ashland Community and Technical College.

Couch, of Hazard, KY, is a 2007 graduate of Perry County Central High School. He attended Hazard Community College and spent four years as an Officer with Hazard Police.

Scott, of Russell Springs, KY, is a 2010 graduate of Russell County High School and attended Western Kentucky University.

Each of the troopers will be assigned to Carter County and will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post duty assignments.

KSP is currently accepting applications for its next traditional, 23-week cadet class. The class is scheduled for the summer of 2016. 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.html 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.