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KSP Cadet Class #96 reports for training Sun 9 Jan 2018

The Thin Gray Line: With 56 troopers retiring in 2017, the agency is left with only 835 of authorized strength of 1070.
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By Lt. Michael Webb

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2018) - Seventy-five recruits from throughout the Commonwealth and three other states reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort yesterday to begin 24 weeks of training that will determine whether they have what it takes to join "The Thin Gray Line." The first day's activities for Cadet Class #96 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.

During the training, the cadets will 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.

Historically, 35 percent of the cadets do not complete the program.

"Fifty-six troopers retired last year," says KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. "That leaves the agency with 835 troopers as of January 1st which is well below the agency's authorized strength of 1,070. This cadet class will help us replenish our ranks to help serve and protect the citizens of the Commonwealth."

Twenty-three of the cadets have bachelor's degrees and eight have associate's degrees. Thirteen have military experience.

Seventy-four of the cadets are male and one is female. One is Hispanic/Latino, one is African-American and one is American Indian/Alaskan native.

Two of the cadets are from Ohio, two are from Indiana and one is from Virginia.

Geographically, the cadets represent 48 counties throughout Kentucky. Six are from London and three are from Louisville. Barbourville, Campbellsville, Mt. Washington, Pikeville and Somerset are represented by two cadets each.

The class is tentatively scheduled to graduate on June 22, 2018.

Applicants interested in future cadet classes should download the KSP mobile app or visit, click on the Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home and How to Become a Kentucky State Trooper links. Information on both sites 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- 4:30 pm (ET) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.

This story was posted on 2018-01-08 14:39:04
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KSP Cadet Class 96 reports for training Sun 7 Jan 2018

2018-01-08 - Kentucky State Police Training Academy, 380 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY - Photo from Lt. Michael Webb, KSP.
Lt. Kyle Nall, commander of the Kentucky State Police Training Academy in Frankfort, welcomed members of KSP Cadet Class 96 as they reported for training on Sunday, January 7, 2018. - Lt. Michael Webb

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