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Sixty-Three Cadets Take On Challenge
of Kentucky State Police Academy

(FRANKFORT, KY) - A group of sixty-three men and women gathered in the lobby of the Kentucky State Police headquarters yesterday at 1:00 p.m. They looked apprehensive, nervous and unsure.

Included in the group was one woman, one African American and one Hispanic. Three were residents of Louisville. Three more were from London and three others were from Elizabethtown. A pair each came from Richmond, Murray and Bowling Green. Two were from Indiana, two from Tennessee and one from Ohio. The rest came from a variety of smaller communities throughout Kentucky

They represented many walks of life. Twenty-four had military experience. Eighteen had law enforcement experience. Their average age was 27.

Together, the members of this group had one thing in common. They shared a desire to become Kentucky State Troopers. Together, they also faced a challenge that stands between them and the realization of their goal: 22 weeks of training at the Kentucky State Police Academy.

"The duties of a Kentucky State Police Trooper require courage, self-discipline, an innate ability to take charge when others are unable to do so and the physical stamina to work long hours under adverse conditions," explains Lt. Col. Rodney Brewer, Acting Deputy KSP Commissioner and Director of Police Services. "Consequently, cadets must meet rigid requirements for mental, moral and physical fitness."

The cadets gathered here today have already overcome many obstacles. First, they've met the minimum standards required for KSP applicants which include U.S. citizenship, 21 years of age, a valid driver's license with no more than six demerit points and good health and moral character. They have also earned either a minimum of 60 college credit hours or an associate degree or have a high school diploma with at least two years of active military duty or two years of experience as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer. But that's just the beginning.

The cadets have also passed a written examination, an oral board interview, a polygraph test, a background investigation and a medical and psychological review. Now they're ready for the KSP Academy.

"The KSP Academy is the training ground where cadets must prove themselves daily and earn the right to wear the gray uniform and distinctive hat of the Kentucky State Police," says Capt. Leslie Gannon, commander of the academy. "They must repeatedly demonstrate the mental, physical and emotional toughness needed to overcome adversity."

According to Gannon, during their weeks at the academy, cadets must absorb more than 300 hours of classroom and field study covering subjects such as constitution-al law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, survival Spanish, hostage negotiations, 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. And that's just a partial list.

During their physical training, cadets are continually challenged to test their limits. It is estimated that they will run more than 170 miles, march more than 50 miles and perform some 3,600 push-ups during their training.

"This mental and physical training is designed to instill the knowledge, motivation and discipline needed for self-sufficiency," says Gannon. "A trooper in the field can often have patrol duties for several counties. Help can sometimes be an hour away. The training they receive here can often make a life-saving difference."

"We ask a lot of our cadets and troopers," Brewer observes. "Our mission to protect the citizens of Kentucky requires tremendous commitment. Being a trooper is not just a job, it's a way of life that stresses service, integrity and performance. And it begins right here at the Kentucky State Police Academy."

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