62 new Ky. State Police troopers receive diplomas

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky State Police Academy has awarded diplomas to the agency's 62 newest troopers.

Their addition brings the strength of the state's lead police agency to 880 troopers across Kentucky. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer says manpower challenges remain, since state police ranks are about 100 troopers below the agency's fully authorized strength.

The troopers who received their diplomas Tuesday are part of the agency's 91st cadet class.

They started a 23-week training cycle last June in a class that consisted of 87 cadets. Twenty-five resigned during the course of training.

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, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation and hostage negotiations.

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