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New State Police Cadets Report For Training

Date of News Release: 08/03/2014

Lt. Curt  Hall addressed the new cadets who reported for training in Frankfort on Aug. 3

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- Ninety recruits from throughout the Commonwealth reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today to begin an intensive journey that will challenge them in body, mind and spirit. The first day's activities included a variety of physical fitness tests such as weight lifting, sit-ups, push-ups, a 300 meter run and a 1-1/2 mile run.

"Law enforcement is an extremely demanding job in today's fast-paced world and it presents more challenges every day," notes Capt. David Jude, commander of the KSP Academy Branch. "Our rigorous training standards reflect this reality."

"The cadets will have to prove themselves daily to earn the right to wear the badge and uniform of a Kentucky State Trooper," he adds.

During the 23-weeks of training, the cadets will 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, 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.

Not all of the recruits will complete the training course.

"The drop out rate is high," explains Jude. "Historically, 35 percent of the cadets do not complete the program."

Twenty of the cadets have bachelor's degrees and 11 have associate's degrees. One has a master's degree. Eighteen have military experience and 10 have previous law enforcement experience.

Geographically, the cadets represent 61 communities throughout Kentucky. Five are from Lawrenceburg. Bowling Green, Corbin and London are represented by four cadets each. East Bernstadt, Georgetown and Somerset are represented by three cadets each. Ashland, Bimble, Elizabethtown, Henderson, Jackson, Louisville, Morehead, Paducah, Pikeville and Smith's Grove are represented by two cadets each.

The following Kentucky communities are each represented by one cadet: Beaver Dam, Bonnyman, Burlington, Campbellsville, Clearfield, Columbia, Cynthiana, Demossville, Dover, Eubank, Finchville, Flatwoods, Fort Knox, Glasgow, Greenville, Harned, Hatfield, Hazel Green, Hickory, Hyden, Ivel, Lancaster, Lexington, Louisa, Munfordville, New Concord, Owensboro, Paris, Pendleton, Pineville, Pippa Passes, Prestonsburg, Rineyville, Russell Springs, Salem, Salyersville, Shelbyville, Springfield, Versailles, Virgie, West Paducah, Wallins, Whick and White Plains.

The class is tentatively scheduled to graduate on January 16, 2015.

"During the past 13 months, the agency has lost 55 troopers to retirement," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "That leaves us with a force of 839 to cover Kentucky's 120 counties. We are continually grateful that Gov. Beshear and the legislature continues our funding at a level that permits the replenishment of our ranks so KSP can effectively provide service to the citizens of the Commonwealth."

Applicants interested in future cadet classes should visit http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/recruit/process.htm. Information at the site includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, a downloadable application form with a list of supporting documents required and a downloadable study guide for the written test.

If more information is needed after visiting the website, applicants can call toll-free 1-866-360-3165 during office hours from 8 am-:30 pm (ET) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.