Monday, January 19, 2015

Sixty-nine Cadets Graduate From Kentucky State Police Academy

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.

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

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.

The following is a list of the new troopers for Post 9 Pikeville:

Marty Adams
Mark Branham
Michael Coleman
Jonathan Corey
Mason Flynn
Casey Goodsell
Jordan Grevious
Jeffrey Johnson
Dackery Larkey
Bradford Martin
Colbert Maynard
Matthew Mihalik
Samuel Reed
Daniel Saylor
Jacob Spurlock
Sheldon Thomas

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