“You have achieved what many have not,” Gov. Steve Beshear told the new troopers. “You are about to make an important impression on the lives of the citizens of Kentucky,” he said. “At one point in your career, they will ask you ‘to be there.’ We understand and are grateful for your service and sacrifice. The people of the Commonwealth are proud of you.”
The new troopers, which include one female and one former Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer, started a 23-week training cycle on Jan. 4 in a class that consisted of 55 cadets. Their 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, survival Spanish, 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.
Five of the new troopers have been assigned to Post 9 in Pikeville. They include:
• Cassandra Mullins, 25, of Hindman, has been assigned to Floyd County. She is married to Trooper Tim Mullins, of Hindman, and the couple has two children, Tiffany and Tyler. She is the daughter of Bill Kirby, of Hindman.
• Jacob Stinnett, 27, of Hardinsburg, has been assigned to Pike County. He is the son of Steve and Linda Stinnett, of Hardinsburg.
• Jamie Rose, 31, of Millard, has been assigned to Pike County. He is married to Kenetha Rose, and they have two children, Dawson and Elijah. He is the son of James and Willa Rose, of Marrowbone.
• Adam Douglas Hall, 22, of Printer, has been assigned to Martin, Magoffin, and Johnson counties. Hall is the son of Terri and Gayle Hall, of Printer.
• Eric Caldwell, 30, of Hyden, is assigned to Martin, Magoffin and Johnson counties. He is the son of Patsy and Hurlis Caldwell of Hyden. He is married to Kimberly Hall, and they have one child, Erica.
“These cadets faced daily challenges that required intelligence, physical stamina, sacrifice and a deep commitment to service,” said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. “The attrition rate was high, but the high standards and rigorous training will pay off as the new troopers face challenges in the field.”
“The troopers graduating here today stand on the shoulders of all those who have gone before them,” added Brewer. “We welcome them to the ranks of Kentucky’s ‘Thin Gray Line’ as they take up the torch of law and order and carry it into the future.”
Several members of the class earned special recognitions including valedictorian Brad Riley, of Lexington, and salutatorian David Hall, of Bowling Green.
Riley also received the Ernie Bivens Award, an honor presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the Kentucky State Police Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, shows distinction as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy’s physical and vocational training.