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Madisonville Post Welcomes New Troopers

Date of News Release: 11/02/2015

Left to right – Trooper Brian Graves & Trooper Robert Austin Left to right – Trooper Brian Graves & Trooper Robert Austin

Madisonville, KY. - The Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville would like to welcome two new troopers to its ranks. A total of 45 new troopers graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 880 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

  • Trooper Robert Austin, 29, Central City, KY - is assigned to Hopkins County.
  • Trooper Brian Graves, 23, Iron Mountain, MI - is assigned to Crittenden County.

The new troopers are part of the agency's 93rd cadet class. They started a 23-week training cycle on May 24, 2015 in a class that consisted of 70 cadets. Twenty-five cadets 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.

The new troopers will undergo an extensive field-training period with experienced troopers for approximately nine weeks. After the field-training period, they will begin their respective assignments.