Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Academy Prepares Cadets For Challenges Of Law Enforcement Career
Date of Release: 07/17/05
(FRANKFORT, KY) - A diverse group of 80 trooper cadets reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today to begin 22 weeks of training. Twenty-three have military experience and 10 have prior law enforcement experience. Nineteen are college graduates. They come from a variety of occupations including teaching, construction, farming, banking, corrections, retailing, food service and package delivery. Three have been working as Kentucky State Police dispatchers. Whatever their background, they all share one desire: to become a Kentucky State Trooper.
"Law enforcement is a challenging job in today's complicated society," states Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller. "In our early years, KSP monitored motor vehicle traffic, chased moonshiners, busted up stills and shut down gambling operations. Today our duties have expanded to include protection of state government facilities, drug interdiction, marijuana eradication, arson investigation, white collar and electronic crimes, child and sexual abuse cases, anti-terrorism and special response teams. We depend on the KSP Academy to mold our cadets into troopers who can work effectively and efficiently in this unique environment."
This responsibility falls on the shoulders of Capt. Tim Lucas, commander of the academy and a 20-year KSP veteran. "We are continually refining our curriculum to provide the most up to date law enforcement training available," says Lucas. "Our goal is to prepare our troopers to provide the best service and protection to the citizens of Kentucky in this age of uncertainty."
According to Lucas, the cadets face more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study during training. Their instruction will include constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, survival Spanish, 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. And that's just a partial list.
"The KSP Academy requires cadets to prove themselves daily. They must repeatedly demonstrate the ability to perform under stressful conditions and successfully overcome adversity," Lucas says. "They must earn the privilege of wearing the gray uniform and distinctive hat of the Kentucky State Police. Some will complete the course, others won't. But whatever the outcome, they'll learn things about themselves that can have a positive impact on the rest of their lives."
The new cadet class included one woman, one African-American and two Hispanics. Once they pass through the doors of the state police academy, however, those distinctions faded away quickly.
"Our color is gray and our gender is trooper," explains Miller. "Our operating focus is on performance, action and results. That's how we measure our effectiveness."
For those who graduate from the academy, it's just the beginning, notes Lucas. KSP troopers receive continuous training throughout their careers, he says. "We are constantly developing and moving forward to sharpen our skills and employ new technology to combat crime. We never stop learning."
"Despite our use of technology and continuous training to protect the citizens of the commonwealth, KSP remains committed to the tried and true fundamentals of traditional police work as well," says KSP Deputy Commissioner Rick Stiltner. "Following the concepts of community policing, our troopers live in the areas where they work, providing 'shoes on the street' for an effective local presence."
"In the long run, this creates many opportunities for advancement within the agency as well as for those wishing to become cadets," Stiltner adds. "We're always looking for good people."
For more information about how to become a Kentucky State Police Trooper, contact the KSP Recruitment Branch at 502-695-6320 or visit the KSP web site at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/career.htm.