The Kentucky State Police welcomed 48 new troopers statewide during a graduation ceremony in Frankfort on Oct. 25.

The Kentucky State Police Post 09 welcomed six new troopers to its ranks last week.

Bailey Combs of Vicco, Matthew Cornett of Corbin, Noah Ritchie of Hazard, Tracy Salyer of Salyersville,  Mark Spencer of Paintsville and Matthew Turner of Jackson were among 48 cadets to graduate from the training academy on Oct. 25.

The graduates consisted of a traditional class beginning on May 12  and a Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP) class, which started Aug. 4.

Applicants for the fifth LEAP class were required to have two years of service in Kentucky and completion of their DOCJT training no later than May 1, 2017.

The total number of graduates were among the 89 who initially reported.

Cadet training consists of field study in multiple subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, emergency response driving, criminal investigations, homeland security, active shooter response, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, collision investigations, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, report writing and encounters with individuals suffering from mental illness. Field training officers will supervise the new Troopers for twelve weeks before working their assigned area.

The cadets are the third group to benefit from new hiring guidelines established by the 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 Kentucky State Trooper and earn an associate’s degree during the training process.

For information about a career as a Kentucky State Police Trooper, visit the KSP Recruitment website at, joinksp.com. Applicants may also call the Recruitment office toll-free at, (866) 360-3165.

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