Kentucky State Police Is Looking For A Few Good Men & Women

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

They are known as the thin gray line that enforces law across the state of Kentucky.

They're looking to beef up their ranks.

WYMT’s Dara Rees shows us what the Kentucky State Police were doing Saturday to recruit a few good men and women.

The Kentucky State Police are looking for a few good men and women to join the ranks.

“We're continuously looking for good applicants of good moral character with discipline and respect that's ready to serve the commonwealth and be part of the KSP family,” Marshall Johnson, KSP Recruitment Coordinator said.

47 applicants, 5 of those females, tested in Knott County.

Some came from as far as Florida and Wisconsin to be part of the commonwealth's law enforcement.

“I'm a criminal justice student up in the state of Wisconsin so I just thought this would be a great opportunity to start off in a big jurisdiction,” Elizabeth Anne Brady said.

Those that pass the 100 question written exam laced up for a skilled obstacle course.

“We call it our content based task force to see if they can physically perform some of the jobs that are representative of being a trooper,” Major Lisa Rudzinski said.

The testing was day one for want-to-be troopers.

Before the 23 week police academy, applicants need background checks, a polygraph, mental and psychological exams, interviews and more. All of these steps take about a year to complete.

Currently, the Kentucky state police have 913 uniformed troopers but have a budget to accommodate 1,000.
“We have about a third of our force that could retire, so we always try to be cognizant of bringing in new personnel to replace those that could walk out the door tomorrow,” Major Rudzinski said.

With the current testing for new troopers across the state, Rudzinski hopes to surpass the one thousand mark over the next few years.

Anyone interested in becoming a state trooper must have 60 hours of college credit, 2 years of full-time military service, or 2 years of law enforcement service.

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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 16, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    Has anyone noticed how the Louisville police dept are advertising on busses and billboards in Lexington? I think it's kinda funny considering how many Lex police have transferred to Louisville for more pay.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:22 AM
    hope they r ready to starve to death and live on food stamps
  • by Bill on Dec 16, 2007 at 04:32 AM
    Must be able to shoot anyone at any time,for any or no reason.
  • by Walter Wynn Jr Location: Harlan County on Dec 15, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    I have 2 years of military experience and still in the military for 6 more years. I have no college credits, but going to take law inforcement classes starting in January 2008. I was wondering if I would qualify for the class? (Kentucky State Police)


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