The new Post 10 Harlan commander is John Bradley from Beattyville, a 12-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. Bradley came from Dry Ridge Post 6.
The new detective sergeant is Joel Woods from Pineville, a 13-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. Woods came from Kentucky State Police Headquarters in Frankfort.
After 23 weeks of intensive training, the first Kentucky State Police class in more than two years graduated on Feb. 25. Post 10 Harlan was assigned one new trooper out of the cadet class. Trooper Matt Ridener, from Corbin, has been assigned to work Harlan County.
A total of 62 state trooper cadets received diplomas. Two Harlan Countians also graduated but were assigned to different posts. They included former Harlan City Police Chief Danny Caudill. He was assigned to the Pikeville Post 9. A former Post 10 dispatcher, Joshua Brashears, was assigned to the Ashland Post 14.
In addressing the new troopers, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo praised their commitment to public service. "No profession is more essential to our quality of life than law enforcement," he noted. "Without safety and security, nothing else is possible. Your efforts touch our daily lives and help keep the fabric of society together. What you do is of tremendous value, and we thank you for it."