90 recruits from throughout the Commonwealth reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort on Sunday.
They are about to begin an intensive, 23-week training program designed to challenge them in body, mind and spirit.
Those who complete the program will become the next generation of Kentucky State Troopers.
"The drop out rate is high," notes Capt. David Jude, commander of the KSP Academy Branch. "Historically, 20 percent of the cadets do not complete the program. Law enforcement is a demanding job in these times and it gets more challenging every day. Our rigorous training standards reflect this reality."
The first day's activities 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.
During their 23-weeks of training, the cadets will have to complete more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study that includes subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, and criminal investigation.
They'll also study 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.
KSP says 35 of the cadets have bachelor's degrees and 10 have associate's degrees. 28 have military experience and 12 have previous law enforcement experience.
Geographically, the cadets represent 59 communities throughout Kentucky. Eight are from Richmond, six are from Lexington and five are from Morehead. Three are from Somerset and three are from Corbin. Columbia, Danville, Mallie, Mt. Sterling, Pinetop and Paris are each represented by two cadets.
The following Kentucky communities are each represented by one cadet: Battletown, Beaver Dam, Beechmont, Benham, Berea, Brodhead, Buffalo, Calvert City, Campbellsburg, Crab Orchard, Crestwood, Dawson Springs, Dry Ridge, East Bernstadt, Elkton, Florence, Frankfort, Greensburg, Harrodsburg, Hartford, Heidrick, Hindman, Lawrenceburg, Leitchfield, London, Louisville, Manchester, Morgantown, Nicholasville, Olive Hill, Owensboro, Owingsville, Partridge, Prospect, Radcliff, Russell Springs, Shelbyville, South Carrollton, Stanford, Summersville, Teaberry, Utica, Vanceburg, Vancleve, Vicco, Vine Grove, Williamsburg and Williamstown,
One cadet is from Georgia and one is from Louisiana. Two of the cadets are from Ohio.
This class is tentatively scheduled to graduate on November 19, 2013.
Applicants interested in future cadet classes should visit the KSP website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org , click on the Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home and How to Become a Kentucky State Trooper links. Information at the site includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, a downloadable application form with a list of supporting documents required and a downloadable study guide for the written test.