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.