Kentucky State Police welcome three new Troopers from recent academy class

New KSP Troopers, from left: Matt Johnson, Dillon Spencer and John Goldsborough.


Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 — The Kentucky State Police Post 4 welcomed three new Troopers to their ranks: Troopers Matt Johnson, Dillon Spencer and John Goldsborough.

The three were among 48 cadets to graduate the training academy in Frankfort on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The graduates consisted of a traditional class that began on May 12, 2019, and a Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP) class, joining on Aug. 4, 2019. Applicants for the fifth LEAP class were required to have two years of service in Kentucky and completion of their DOCJT training no later than May 1, 2017. The total number of graduates were among the 89 who initially reported.

Cadet training consists of field study in multiple subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, emergency response driving, criminal investigations, homeland security, active shooter response, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, collision investigations, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, report writing, and encounters with individuals suffering from mental illness.

Field training officers will supervise the new Troopers for 12 weeks before working their assigned area.

The cadets are the third group to benefit from new hiring guidelines established by the legislature in 2017. Through this revision, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a Kentucky State Trooper and earn an associate’s degree during the training process. (If you have a cadet that received a degree – they should be listed here)

For information about a career as a Kentucky State Police Trooper, visit the KSP Recruitment website at www.joinksp.com. Applicants may also call the Recruitment office toll-free at 1-866-360-3165 during office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.


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