An Enterprise Staff Report
Forty-eight recruits from throughout the Commonwealth reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort on Monday to begin an intensive, accelerated training process designed for current law enforcement officers who want to become Kentucky State Troopers.
Four officers from Harlan County are attending the training. They include Josh Howard and Kenneth Sergent from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Miller and Rodney Sturgill from the Harlan City Police Department.
Cadet Class 90 is part of KSP’s third Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP), a condensed course for current police officers who have three years of Kentucky Police Officer Professional Standards (POPS) law enforcement experience. The training cycle will run for 12 weeks rather than the 23 weeks of a traditional class. The class is tentatively scheduled to graduate on July 6.
“Forty-five troopers retired from the agency in 2011,” notes KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, “so we’re always looking for new ways to replenish our ranks. Currently, we have a total of 900 troopers on our roster. The individuals in our accelerated classes bring a wealth of experience with them which results in a cost savings to our agency in terms of time and money. This allows us to get experienced troopers on the road more quickly while enhancing our level of protection to the citizens of Kentucky.”
The first day’s activities for the class included a variety of physical fitness tests such as weight lifting, sit-ups, push-ups, a 300 meter run and a 1-1/2 mile run.
Geographically, the cadets represent 37 communities throughout Kentucky.