Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
New KSP Cadet Class Reports For Training
First training class in nearly two years includes 12 women
Date of News Release: 09/09/2007
(FRANKFORT, KY) - The Kentucky State Police welcomed a group of 92 cadets to its headquarters in Frankfort today to begin its first training class in nearly two years. During the next 23 weeks, the cadets will be challenged both mentally and physically to determine if they have what it takes to become Kentucky State Troopers.
"As an agency, we're really excited about this new class of cadets," says KSP Commissioner Jack Adams. "Sixty-three troopers have retired since our last class graduated in December of 2005, so we're eager to replenish our ranks in order to continue our mission of protecting the citizens of Kentucky."
The new cadet class consists of 80 men and 12 women. Three are African American and one is Hispanic. One holds a master's degree, 34 have bachelor's degrees and 11 have associate's degrees. Twenty-five have military experience. Their average age is 28.
"We're encouraged by the number of women in this class," observes Adams. "I believe it's the largest number we've ever had."
The cadets face a tough road before they can don the distinctive campaign hat and gray uniform of the Kentucky State Police. They'll have to complete more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study that includes subjects such as 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.
"Physically, the cadets will have to prove themselves daily," explains Capt. Tony Terry, commander of the KSP Academy. "They must repeatedly demonstrate the ability to perform under stressful conditions and successfully overcome adversity."
Due to these mental and physical demands, the attrition rate is high. "Historically, 20 percent of the cadets drop out before completing their training," he says.
Geographically, the cadets represent 59 communities throughout Kentucky. Six are from Lexington and six are from Richmond. Four are from Campbellsville, three from Somerset, three from Corbin and three from Phyllis. Albany, Paducah and Radcliff are each represented by two cadets.
The following Kentucky communities are each represented by one cadet: Ashland, Beaver Dam, Barbourville, Berea, Bonnieville, Bronston, Combs, Cumberland, Edmonton, Elizabethtown, Eminence, Falcon, Falmouth, Frankfort, Franklin, Flemingsburg, Frenchburg, Georgetown, Glasgow, Grayson, Guston, Harold, Hazard, Henderson, Hindman, Lawrenceburg, Lily, London, Louisville, Mayfield, Mt. Sterling, Mallie, McKee, Middlesboro, Mt. Vernon, Murray, Premium, Russell Springs, Seco, Smilax, Stanford, Stinnett, Sturgis, Summer Shade, Tomkinsville, Viper, Waco, West Liberty and Williamsburg. Eight cadets are from out of state.
The cadets are tentatively scheduled to graduate on Feb. 25, 2008.