Kentucky graduates 62 state troopers
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky has graduated its first class of state troopers since December 2005, according to a recent press release. The class has 62 trooper cadets. They will bring the force to 961 sworn officers.
The following is a list of the new troopers, their duty assignments and their hometowns or residences:
POST 1 - MAYFIELD
POST 2 - MADISONVILLE
POST 3 - BOWLING GREEN
POST 4 - ELIZABETHTOWN
POST 5 - CAMPBELLSBURG
POST 6 - DRY RIDGE
POST 7 - RICHMOND
POST 8 - MOREHEAD
POST 9 - PIKEVILLE
POST 10 - HARLAN
POST 14 - ASHLAND
POST 15 - COLUMBIA
POST 16 - HENDERSON
The following troopers will be assigned to the Ashland Post: Joshua Brashears, Cumberland, Ky.; Jeffery Kelley, Ironton, Ohio; Brittney McMaine, Waco, Ky.; and Jonathan Pennington, Grayson, Ky.
“No profession is more essential to our quality of life than law enforcement,” Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo told the graduates. “Without safety and security, nothing else is possible. Your efforts touch our daily lives and help keep the fabric of society together. What you do is of tremendous value and we thank you for it.”
The graduating class included four women, three African Americans and one Hispanic.
The training includes more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study. Subjects include constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force and weapons training.
“Seventy-eight troopers have retired since the last cadet class graduated in December of 2005,” said State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. “We are encouraged by the addition of this new group of troopers to replenish our ranks.”
Several members of the class earned special recognition including valedictorian Richard Russell, of Hazard, Ky., and salutatorian Joshua Cummings, of Albany, Ky.
Jeffrey Ayres, of Clarksville, Tenn., received the Ernie Bivens Award, an honor presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the Kentucky State Police Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, distinguishes himself as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy’s physical and vocational training.