Gov. Beshear, Kentucky State Police welcome 71 new troopers

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On Friday, March 25, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police announced that 71 cadets have graduated the agency’s basic training academy, five of which have been assigned to Post 3 Bowling Green.

Cadet Class 101 is the largest graduating class from KSP of the basic training academy since 2014, according to a release by KSP.

“Congratulations cadets. Great job on finishing an intense 24-weeks of training and becoming a state trooper,” said Beshear. “I join the people of the commonwealth in thanking you for your service to others and for helping to make the commonwealth a better place.”

“It’s a very exciting day for the individuals and them being able to get out,” said KSP Trooper Daniel Priddy, Public Affairs Officer of KSP Post 3. “We will have 5 come back here to our post here in Bowling Green. They’ll have a 12 week field training program, and then after that 12 weeks, they’ll be on their own.”

The KSP Training Academy provides cadets with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to help make the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure through exceptional law enforcement.

The graduates of Cadet Class 101 received 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 and more.

The five graduates assigned to Post 3 Bowling Green included Devon Banaszak of London, Ky., Daniel DeLeon of Lufkin, Tx., Walker Hogan, Leitchfield, Ky., Tavian Thompson, Russell Springs, Ky. and Trevor Vandermolen, Rineyville, Ky.