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KSP Post 1 Welcomes 12 New Troopers

Date of News Release: 01/17/2015

photo Row 1 (From Left to Right): Derral Redwine, Logan Burks, Eric Chrisman; Row 2: Cody Cecil, William Propes, Eric West, Ryan Eaton; Row 3: Paul Hale, Adam Jones, Johnson Gordon, Joseph Ponder, Paul Berhow

(Hickory, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 69 new troopers at ceremonies held today in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 910 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Post 1 welcomes Trooper Paul Berhow, Unit 1129, of Murray; Trooper Logan Burks, Unit 866, of Murray; Trooper Cody Cecil, Unit 640, of Owensboro; Trooper Eric Chrisman, Unit 1044, of Lawrenceburg; Trooper Ryan Eaton, Unit 616, of Bowling Green; Trooper Johnson Gordon, Unit 513, of Salem; Trooper Paul Hale, Unit 251, of Paducah; Trooper Adam Jones, Unit 324, of Hickory; Trooper Joseph Ponder, Unit 954, of Rineyville; Trooper William Propes, Unit 493, of West Paducah; Trooper Derral Redwine, Unit 520, of Fort Knox, and Trooper Eric West, Unit 1187, of Paducah.

The new troopers are part of the agency's 92nd cadet class. They started a 23-week training cycle on August 3, 2014 in a class that consisted of 110 cadets. Forty-one resigned during the weeks of mental and physical challenges that followed.

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, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, land navigation, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.

Each new trooper will be supervised by a field training officer for eight weeks. At the completion of their field training program they will be released to their respective assignments in post 1. The addition of the new troopers after their field training program will bring the sworn manpower of the Mayfield post to 45 troopers.