Ninety recruits have reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy to begin a 23-week training program. Those completing the course will become the next generation of state police troopers. Captain David Jude, commander of the state police Academy Branch, says the historic dropout rate is 20%.
He says the rigorous training reflects the reality of the demands once the recruits are on patrol as troopers. During their 23 weeks of training, cadets will have to complete more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study. Subjects include constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high-speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, hostage negotiations and drug identification. The 90 cadets represent 59 communities across Kentucky. The class is tentatively scheduled to graduate in November.