KSP launches Youth Academy Program

Published 12:00 pm Saturday, May 25, 2024

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police on Wednesday launched an innovative program focused on recruiting the future generation of law enforcement officers, the Youth Academy Program.

The new program will provide young Kentuckians with an opportunity to interact with state police troopers and officers while learning leadership skills, physical fitness requirements and law enforcement principles.

“By investing in our young Kentuckians at an early age, they are able to make smart career decisions and find an educational path that is best suited to meet their goals,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This creative approach to recruitment will increase our sworn personnel numbers and build a new Kentucky home for future generations.”

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The inaugural Youth Academy Program is scheduled July 22 – 26, 2024 at Trooper Island Camp located on Dale Hollow Lake, which is funding the pilot project.

“The Kentucky State Police Youth Academy Program offers an unparalleled opportunity for young adults to explore the world of law enforcement,” stated KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. “We are thrilled to provide a platform where those interested can gain invaluable insights and essential skills for a career in public service.”

Throughout the weeklong program, participants will engage in a diverse array of activities and instruction, including:

–Exploration of core values and ethics fundamental to law enforcement.

–Team building exercises to cultivate collaboration and camaraderie.

–Hands-on demonstrations from the KSP Crime Lab to understand forensic techniques.

–Insight into commercial vehicle enforcement procedures and techniques.

–Introduction to criminal investigations and crime scene analysis.

“This program aims not only to educate but also to inspire and empower the next generation of law enforcement professionals,” Trooper Island Camp Commander Jonathan Biven noted. “As an agency, we are always looking at innovative ways to improve recruitment and retention. While new to KSP, this type of program is a proven, effective project that has shown great success with law enforcement agencies across the country.”

Applications for the Youth Academy Program are for Kentuckians ages 16 – 17 years old. The deadline to Deadline is June 10.

For more information on the program, including eligibility criteria and the application process, go to https://www.kentuckystatepolice.ky.gov/trooper-island.