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Post 6, Dry Ridge
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New Troopers To Post 6 Dry Ridge

Date of News Release: 11/23/2011

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(Dry Ridge, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 60 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 914 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

"Kentuckians can go to bed at night feeling safe and secure because of our KSP, so it's critical that we maintain staffing levels," said Gov. Steven Beshear. "This is the fourth year in a row we've been able to put a new class of cadets out on our roads. I'm proud of that. Despite a horrible revenue situation, I've made it clear we must protect and preserve our highest priorities, and this is one of the highest."

"It's always an exciting day when we graduate new recruits," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "These 60 men and women have worked hard for 23 weeks to earn the rank of trooper. They epitomize our agency values of honor, professionalism and service above self. I applaud Governor Beshear's support of our agency for allowing us to continue the training process to provide the best protection for the citizens of rural Kentucky."

The new troopers started a 23-week training cycle on May 22, 2011 in a class that consisted of 81 cadets. Ten failed initial physical testing during the first two hours. Eleven more resigned during the weeks of constant mental and physical challenges that followed.

The training included more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in 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.

"Although our attrition rate is high for recruits, the end result is a highly skilled trooper that joins an elite group of professional men and women that rivals any other agency in America," Brewer noted.

Four Troopers were assigned to Dry Ridge Post 6

Gary L. Cooper, Independence, Ky.
Jack M. Gabriel, Lexington, Ky.
Evan B. Guilfoyle, Edgewood, Ky.
Kenneth J. Leavell, Lancaster, Ky.

Trooper Gary Cooper and Trooper Even Guilfoyle are assigned to Pendleton, Bracken and Robertson Counties.

Trooper Jack Gabrial and Trooper Kenneth Leavell are assigned to Harrison, Bourbon and Nicholas Counties.

The new troopers will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post duty assignments.

KSP is currently recruiting for a new cadet class to begin in the fall of 2012. The final entrance exam for this class will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at KSP headquarters, 919 Versailles Road in Frankfort, Ky. The application deadline for the test is Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

Applicants must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, in good health and possess a valid driver's license with no more than six driver demerit points. Applicants must also possess a minimum of 60 semester hours or an associate's degree from an accredited college or university or be a high school graduate with at least two years of either active military duty or experience as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer.

Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at for more information or to download an application. Anyone interested in obtaining more information after visiting the website can call 1-866-360-3165 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, or leave a message any other time.

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