Increasing the number of sworn troopers to 940 for the agency
HENDERSON, Ky. (August 11, 2023) — The Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced that 51 cadets have graduated the agency’s training academy and are now ready to report for duty across the commonwealth.
Cadet Class 103 graduates increase the number of KSP troopers protecting Kentucky’s 120 diverse counties to approximately 940, which is the highest number of troopers the agency has employed since 2006.
During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. pledged the agency’s commitment to continue providing exceptional training and critical resources to the 51 graduates to ensure a successful and long career in law enforcement.
“I am pleased to welcome these new cadets to the ranks of trooper,” said Commissioner Burnett “It’s been a hard-fought journey for each of them and they have more than earned the honor to wear our badge.”
Cadet Class 103 reported to the KSP training academy on February 26 to embark upon 24-weeks of intense training to learn the job skills necessary to perform the duties of a state trooper. These graduating cadets will uphold the mission of KSP to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.
The graduates of Cadet Class 103 received 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, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.
The Post 16 graduates of the 103rd KSP Training Academy included: Alena Dunaway, Owensboro, Ky., Christopher Meador, Shepherdsville, Ky., Samuel Mizner, Shepherdsville, Ky., Charles Rafferty, Leitchfield, Ky., Lukas Shephard, Beaver Dam, Ky., and Richard Thompson, Shepherdsville, Ky.
Several members of the graduating class received special recognition during the ceremony.
Trooper Richard Thompson received the ‘Ernie Bivens Award’. This honor is presented to a cadet who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy and fellow cadets, shows distinction as a leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy’s physical and vocational training.
Trooper Samuel Mizner received the ‘Commissioner’s Commitment to Excellence Award’. This is presented to the cadet who has demonstrated leadership, the desire to get the job done and is always determined to be the best every day.
Twenty-six cadets earned their associate degree in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during their 24-weeks at the training academy. These cadets benefited from the new hiring guidelines established by the state legislature in 2017. Through this revision, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED, and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a KSP Trooper and earn an associate degree during the training process. The Post 16 troopers who received their associate’s degree are Christopher Meador, Shepherdsville, Ky., Samuel Mizner, Shepherdsville, Ky., Charles Rafferty, Leitchfield, Ky., Lukas Shepard, Beaver Dam, Ky., and Richard Thompson, Shepherdsville, Ky.
KSP’s recruitment branch is currently accepting applications for the upcoming cadet class 104, which is slated to begin January 2024. The deadline to apply is by close of business August 31.
For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit the website.
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