Whitesburg KY

Two from county are new troopers

The Kentucky State Police Academy graduated its first class in more than two years this week. Two men from Letcher County were among 62 state trooper cadets receiving diplomas at ceremonies in Frankfort on Monday.

Anthony Trotter of Seco has been assigned to KSP Post 1 in Mayfield in far western Kentucky. Joshua Pigman of Premium will be stationed at Post 8 in Morehead.

The new troopers included four women, three African Americans and one Hispanic. 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.

“This class started a 23-week training cycle on Sept. 29 with 92 cadets and faced daily challenges that required intelligence, physical stamina, sacrifice and a deep commitment to service,” said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer.

“Seventy-eight troopers have retired since the last cadet class graduated in December of 2005,” Brewer added.

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