Police Officers begin intense training to become State Police troopers

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

They are hoping to join the ranks of Kentucky's law enforcement elite.

Forty-eight cadets, training for 12 weeks, and it starts the second they run through the door.

"It's gonna be very condensed, very intense, to prepare them for their careers as a state trooper," said Lt. David Jude with Kentucky State Police.

"So one of their first challenges is to recognize where they came from, and then recognize where they're at now, and then appreciate the differences between the jobs," added Jude.

"Typically we experience about a thirty percent loss of cadets through our training. Wether it's a LEAP class, or wether it's a traditional class, we experience a pretty high rate of people leaving our program," Jude noted.

"They'll have a bench press, a sprint, a length run, they'll have push-ups and sit-ups. And they're required to pass this particular test. If they don't pass that test today, they won't continue the training beyond that portion of the test," said Jude.

"Really we just look at it, we're a Trooper. We say our color is gray, our gender is Trooper. And that's really the big thing for us, is just recognizing the fact, regardless of what someone in the public might want to call us, and what they do call us, at the end of the day we're all still Troopers and we're very proud of that," said Jude.

This class will be the first ever to be given the option to return to their home post immediately after graduation.

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