(KFVS) - The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 42 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort.
Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 874 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Lt. Gov Jenean Hampton told the new troopers that they were coming on board during a time when the need for them was greater than ever.
"Gov. Bevin and I are very grateful that you have chosen to serve," she said, "and the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky have tremendous respect for what you do. God bless all of you and the family members that support you."
These troopers have received training consisting of 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.
Nine cadets earned Associate's Degrees in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during the training.
One trooper to accomplish this is Tony Cornwell, of Paducah;
"These (nine) cadets are the first to benefit from new hiring guidelines established by the legislature in 2017," notes KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. "Previously, applicants were required to have 60 hours of college credit, two years of active duty military experience or two years of certified police officer experience. Now, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a Kentucky State Trooper and earn an associate's degree during the training process."
KSP is now accepting applications for a cadet class tentatively scheduled to begin in April of 2019.
For more information, visit the Kentucky State Police Recruitment website here.
Applicants may also call the Recruitment office toll-free at 1-866-360-3165 during office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.