45 graduate from KSP Academy, class makes history

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Training Academy, along with the Governor’s Office and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, presented graduation diploma’s to 45 new troopers.

These cadets have special significance as they represent the 100th training class since the inception of the agency in 1948.

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KSP acting Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. said members of Cadet Class 100 should be proud of their accomplishments but know their actual journey begins Saturday morning.

“Tomorrow will start the true ‘first day’ of their careers as Kentucky State Troopers. I challenge each of these new troopers to take that journey with humility, compassion, and a thirst to be better every day than they were the day before,” said Burnett.

The troopers earned their badges after completing 24 weeks of intense training while following ‘Healthy at Work’ guidelines, unlike any other cadet class in history have undergone.

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.

Cadet Class 100 was welcomed to their graduation by Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble.

“I have a feeling of special honor today to address the troopers behind us for their extraordinary accomplishments,” said Noble. “We started with eighty-two cadets and we ended up with forty-five troopers here today. It is truly a calling to become a Kentucky State Trooper.”

Executive Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown defined what sets the Kentucky State Police

The Post 8 graduates of the 100th KSP Training Academy included: Benjamin Allen, Mt. Vernon, Ky., Alex Bryant, Jackson, Ky., Patrick Carlisle, Morehead, Ky., and Austin Miller, Jackson, Ky.

apart from others. “It’s a mystique that’s been built on ninety-nine other cadet classes of other men and women who have went out and served the commonwealth and I challenge you to carry on that mystique.”

KSP Academy Commander Shawn Darby noted the Class 100 graduation fell on the anniversary of the line of duty death for Trooper Anson ‘Blake’ Tribby who perished in 2013.

“I’m proud to say that paying tribute to Trooper Tribby was the last detail for these cadets

The Post 12 graduates of the 100th KSP Training Academy included: Thomas Sanders Jr., Richmond, Ky. and Jared Zerhusen, Burlington, Ky.

this morning,” said Darby. “As a team, the cadets performed an intense physical workout in honor of Tribby and then read his end of watch narrative.”

Several members of the graduating class earned special recognition. The honor of valedictorian was Trooper Robert Moster III and the Salutatorian was Trooper Chase Gilbert.

Trooper Tyler Bloodworth received the ‘Ernie Bivens Award’ presented to a cadet in each class 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.

Seventeen cadets earned their Associate’s Degrees in General Occupational and Technical

The Post 5 graduates of the 100th KSP Training Academy included: Tyler Davis, Barbourville, Ky., Sean Felicicchia, Richmond, Ky., Chase Gilbert, McKee, Ky., Hayden Kilbourne, London, Ky., Colt McGuire, Campbellsburg, Ky., Kyle Nichols, Elizabethtown, Ky., Jordan Votaw, La Grange, Ky.

Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during their 24 weeks at the training academy.

These cadets benefited from new hiring guidelines established by 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’s degree during the training process.

Cadet Class 100 graduates who earned an associate’s degree are:

Benjamin Allen, Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Joshua Diles, Phelps, Ky.
Nicholas Engler, Eddyville, Ky.
Kayla Gauze, Belfry, Ky.
Douglas Holt, London, Ky.
Hayden Kilbourne, London, Ky.
Trey Lovins, London, Ky.
Austin Mattingly, Bloomfield, Ky.
Colt McGuire, Campbellsburg, Ky.
Blaine Miller, Mt. Washington, Ky.
Kyle Nichols, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Adam Pierce, Elkhorn City, Ky.
Brandon Poole, Burkesville, Ky.
Matthew Purvis, Flemingsburg, Ky.
Thomas Sanders Jr., Richmond, Ky.
Jerry Sparks II, Grayson, Ky.
Justin Vanhook, London, Ky.

Cadet Class 100 graduates and their assigned posts are:

POST 1, MAYFIELD
Tyler Bloodworth, Calvert City, Ky.
Nicholas Engler, Eddyville, Ky.
Marvin Morris, Morehead, Ky.

POST 2, NORTONVILLE
Kirby Broadbent, Roseville, Ca.
Ean Weber, Central City, Ky.

POST 4, ELIZABETHTOWN
Isaac Atwell, Glasgow, Ky.
Jesse Harp, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Blaine Miller, Mt. Washington, Ky.
Robert Moster III, Louisville, Ky.
Joseph Pineiroa, Bardstown, Ky.

POST 5, CAMPBELLSBURG
Tyler Davis, Barbourville, Ky.
Sean Felicicchia, Richmond, Ky.
Chase Gilbert, McKee, Ky.
Hayden Kilbourne, London, Ky.
Colt McGuire, Campbellsburg, Ky.
Kyle Nichols, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Jordan Votaw, La Grange, Ky.

POST 6, DRY RIDGE
Justin Corlis, Mount Olivet, Ky.
Douglas Holt, London, Ky.
Trey Lovins, London, Ky.
Joseph Mallory, London, Ky.
Matthew Purvis, Flemingsburg, Ky.
Justin Vanhook, London, Ky.

POST 8, MOREHEAD
Benjamin Allen, Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Alex Bryant, Jackson, Ky.
Patrick Carlisle, Morehead, Ky.
Austin Miller, Jackson, Ky.

POST 9, PIKEVILLE
James Cress, Slemp, Ky.
Joshua Diles, Phelps, Ky.
Dalton Kidd, Grethel, Ky.
Adam Pierce, Elkhorn City, Ky.
Christopher Tyree, Whitesburg, Ky.
Braxton Whitmore, Hazard, Ky.

POST 10, HARLAN
Brandon Pierson, Cumberland, Ky.

POST 12, FRANKFORT
Thomas Sanders Jr., Richmond, Ky.
Jared Zerhusen, Burlington, Ky.

POST 14, ASHLAND
Kayla Gauze, Belfry, Ky.
Wesley Music, Paintsville, Ky.
Jerry Sparks II, Grayson, Ky.
Skyler Taylor, Hazard, Ky.

POST 15, COLUMBIA
Austin Mattingly, Bloomfield, Ky.
Brandon Poole, Burkesville, Ky.
Jacob Smith, Liberty, Ky.

POST 16, HENDERSON
Clayton Jones, Dixon, Ky.
Jay Newcom, Owensboro, Ky.