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Stucker, Whalen join KSP Post 5

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The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 40 new troopers at ceremonies held July 6 in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 948 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Post 5 in Campbellsburg, which serves Carroll, Trimble Gallatin, Henry, Oldham, and Owen counties, added two new troopers: Patrick Stucker of Bardstown, Ky., and Matthew Whalen of LaGrange, Ky.

The new troopers were part of the agency’s third Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP), a condensed course for current police officers who have three years of Kentucky Police Officer Professional Standards (POPS) law enforcement experience. They started an 11-week training cycle on April 15 in a class that consisted of 48 cadets. Eight resigned during the weeks of constant mental and physical challenges that followed.

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.

“Governor (Steve) Beshear continues to show his support for the Kentucky State Police and keeping our rural communities safe by allowing us to continue running cadet classes during these tough budgetary times,” KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said. “These 40 new troopers have demonstrated that they possess the perseverance and expertise needed to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky and we’re pleased to welcome them to the prestigious ranks of the Thin Gray Line.”

The new troopers will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post duty assignments.

KSP will begin accepting applications for its next traditional, 23-week cadet class on Aug. 1. The class is scheduled for the summer of 2013. Additional information and testing dates will be announced at that time.

Applicants must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, in good health and possess a valid driver’s license with no more than six driver demerit points. Applicants must also possess a minimum of 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university or be a high school graduate with at least two years of either active military duty or experience as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer.

Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org and click on Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home for more information or to download an application. Anyone interested in obtaining more information after visiting the website can call 1-866-360-3165 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, or leave a message any other time.