Newest state police class reports for training

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Courtesy KSP: Lt. Kyle Nall, commander of the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort, welcomed the new cadets at their initial formation on Aug. 12.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Kentucky’s newest class of state police recruits reported for training Sunday in Frankfort.

There are sixty-one recruits from 34 Kentucky counties and one other state, Missouri.

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They’ll train for 25 weeks. KSP says it’s seen a large number of retirements recently.

“Fifty-six troopers retired in July of this year,” says KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “That equals the entire amount who retired in 2017. This class will help replenish our ranks and puts us on the path to achieve the required operational strength needed to provide the level of service expected by the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Fifty-five cadets are men and six are women. One is Hispanic/Latino and one is African-American.

There will be 1,000 hours of classroom and field training that includes the study of constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, and weapons training.

“The training program is both mentally and physically challenging,” notes Lt. Kyle Nall, commander of the KSP Academy. “Historically, at least 35 percent of the cadets do not complete the program.”

The class is tentatively scheduled to graduate on February 1, 2019.

If you are interested in applying, download the KSP mobile app or visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org, click on the Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home and How to Become a Kentucky State Trooper links.

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