Forty new troopers received diplomas today at ceremonies held in Frankfort, Kentucky. The new troopers are part of the third Law Enforcement Accelerated Program. They bring the agency's total strength to a total of 948 troopers serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The troopers started an eleven week training cycle in mid-April, with a group that started out with 48 cadets. The training consists of studies which include constitutional law, weapons training, defensive tactics, high speed vehicle pursuit, crowd control, and evidence collection.
Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown spoke at the ceremony and said the quality and commitment of the troopers "has never been better." Three of the new troopers are from Somerset, and they will be assigned to the State Police Post in London.