Monday, October 31, 2011

Kentucky State Police Academy Graduates 60 New Troopers

(Pikeville, Ky) - This past weekend, 60 new troopers graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort, which brings the agency's total strength to 914 troopers. The new troopers started a 23-week training cycle on May 22nd which consisted of constant mental and physical challenges. Eleven of the 60 graduating troopers were assigned to Post 9 in Pikeville, which covers Pike, Floyd, Martin, Magoffin and Johnson Counties. The Post 9 Commander, Captain Todd Kidd, says the new troopers are definitely needed. "These eleven troopers are a huge addition to our manpower. We could get 50 more troopers and it wouldn't be too many," said Kidd. The new troopers, who report for their first day of work Wednesday, will be supervised by a training officer for 6-8 weeks. KSP is currently recruiting for a new cadet class to begin in the fall of 2012. For more information, visit
The new troopers assigned to Post 9 are :
Heath L. Ayres of Lancaster, Ky
Joshua B. Cox of Corbin, Ky
Jeremy H. Giles of Columbia, Ky
Nicholas T. Hale of Columbia, Ky
Craig T. Hulsey of Elizabethtown, Ky
Timothy S. Hurtt of Richmond, Ky
Christopher D. Marcum of Lexington, Ky
Stephen B. Mirus of Morehead, Ky
Zachariah T. Pennington of Richmond, Ky
Clifton T. Royal of Berea, Ky
Bradley K. Watson of Flemingsburg, Ky