KSP welcomes largest cadet class since 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police has welcomed its largest cadet class since 2014 to their academy in Frankfort this weekend.
The recruits include 103 cadets. Ninety-four men and women are beginning a law enforcement career, and nine officers from other agencies are participating in the accelerated program.
Up next for the boots, 24 weeks of basic training with more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study.
“That’s a bond that lasts a lifetime,” said Sgt. Matt Sudduth. “Kentucky State police is a family and it’s even tighter with your academy class.”
This is the first cadet class who will be trained on the new body-worn cameras and dash cams announced last month.
This group is comprised of 98 males and five females, ranging in age from 20 to 48. Three recruits are African American, one Asian, one American Indian or Alaskan Native, one Hispanic or Latino, five have at least two or more races and 96 are Caucasian.
Fifty-three counties are included in this group. Other states are represented in this recruiting class; cadets also represent Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
“It’s actually inspiring for me as a trooper to see the next generation of troopers begin their training,” said Sgt. Sudduth.
In April, the Kentucky Legislature passed measures to make investments in law enforcement. KSP says the $15,000 raised certainly helped their recruitment efforts with a near-record class.
Starting salary while in the academy
Lexington PD: $56,410
Louisville PD: $44,075
Starting salary upon academy completion
Lexington PD: $60,710
Louisville PD: $56,861
KSP Sgt. Matt Suddeth says money talks and these dollars are making a world of difference.
“It’s history for Kentucky State Police,” said Sgt. Sudduth. “Historical, monumental step in the agency’s history.”
KSP calls this cadet class size “above average” and says they are already taking applications for the next group.
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