FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2022) – Yesterday, The Kentucky State Police (KSP) held its annual sworn awards ceremony in Lexington to honor 75 troopers and officers who put on a uniform each day to patrol Kentucky’s neighborhoods with a mission of serving and protecting their fellow citizens. The achievement awards presented were for acts of bravery and service that occurred in 2021.
During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. recognized the agency’s troopers and officers for going beyond the mission of KSP in 2021 to protect and serve the citizens of the commonwealth by responding to two historic natural disasters, running into unthinkable dangers, assisting with the continued fight against the deadly drug epidemic and answering thousands of calls for service.
Six troopers and officers from the Post 12 area were included in those honors.
Senior Trooper Brandon Boggs was named 2021 Post 12 Trooper of the Year and received the KSP Lifesaving Medal. Trooper Boggs is a 3-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 12 Frankfort.
Detective Justin Hunter was named 2021 Post 12 Detective of the Year. Detective Hunter is an 8-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 12 Frankfort.
Detective Jack Hedges was named the 2021 Critical Incident Response Team Trooper of the Year. Detective Hedges is a 12-year veteran of KSP assigned to the Critical Incident Response Team (Frankfort).
Trooper Charles Wagner was named 2021 Academy Branch Trooper of the Year. Trooper Wagner is a 9-year veteran of KSP assigned to the Academy Branch (Frankfort).
Detective Stephen Spurlock was named 2021 Vehicle Investigations Branch Detective of the Year. Detective Spurlock is an 18-year veteran of KSP assigned to the Vehicle Investigations Branch (Lexington).
Officer Wayne Burke was named 2021 Facilities Security Officer of the Year. Officer Burke is a 5-year veteran of KSP assigned to the Facilities Security Branch (Frankfort).
Post 12 Commander Todd Kidd said he is proud of the commitment and efforts of these units.
“Congratulations to all of the troopers and officers in our Post region for earning these much-deserved awards,” said Captain Kidd. “It is an honor to serve alongside them.”
KSP’s focus this year is to maintain and strengthen its essential workforce in order to better provide public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities that KSP serves. For more information about KSP’s commitment of creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement, click here.
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