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Post 8 Welcomes Four New Troopers

Date of News Release: 01/20/2015

KSP Academy Graduation Post 8 Troopers

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 69 new troopers at ceremonies held today in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 910 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

"During tough budgetary times, Governor Beshear's continuing support for the public safety mission of the Kentucky State Police has allowed us to continue cadet classes on a regular basis," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "These new troopers will help replace those who have retired during the past year. Maintaining strength levels are a challenge, however, with our ranks about 100 troopers below fully authorized levels. Nonetheless, our service and commitment to the citizens of the Commonwealth remains strong and effective."

The new troopers are part of the agency's 92nd cadet class. They started a 23-week training cycle on August 3, 2014 in a class that consisted of 110 cadets. Forty-one resigned during the weeks of mental and physical challenges that followed. Three women started the program and one, Leslie Strong, of Hyden, completed the training. The class also included one African American and one Asian American.

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.

Several members of the class earned special recognitions including valedictorian Joseph Borders, of Louisville, Ky., and salutatorian Parker Lee, of Ashland, Ky.

Patrick Ford, of Versailles, Ky., received the Ernie Bivens Award, an honor presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, shows distinction as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy's physical and vocational training.

Bradford Martin, of Ivel, Ky., received the Commissioner's Commitment to Excellence Award, which is presented to cadets who demonstrate leadership, the desire to get the job done and the determination to be the best every day.

Chadd Daniels, of Bimble, Ky., received the Overall Fitness Award.

Four of the cadets are from Lawrenceburg. Corbin, London, Louisville and Pikeville are each represented by three cadets. Georgetown, Henderson, Murray, Smiths Grove and Somerset are each represented by two cadets.

The following is a list of the new Post 8 troopers, their duty assignments and their hometowns or residences:

Michael Butler, Clearfield, assigned to Rowan County
Ting Fu Hsiu, Louisville, assigned to Elliott and Morgan Counties
Michael Murray, Munfordville, assigned to Elliott and Morgan Counties
Jason Smith, East Bernstadt, assigned to Elliott and Morgan Counties
Leslie Strong, Hyden, Powell and Wolfe Counties

Each new trooper will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post assignments.