Whitlock graduates from Kentucky State Police Academy

(Nov. 24, 2015) FRANKFORT, Ky. - Alumnus Benjamin Whitlock joins Post 3 as a Kentucky state trooper.
Whitlock graduates from Kentucky State Police Academy

Whitlock, second from right, with classmates (click to enlarge)

Benjamin Whitlock, a 2015 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, recently graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy and will join Post 3 (Bowling Green) as a state trooper. Whitlock, along with 44 other graduates, was recognized Oct. 29 at a ceremony in Frankfort.

“We are grateful that throughout his administration, Governor Beshear’s steadfast support of the Kentucky State Police has enabled us to continue training new cadets on a regular basis,” said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. “This commitment to public safety has aided our efforts to replenish our strength levels and provide strong and effective service to the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

The new troopers are part of the agency’s 93rd cadet class and bring the overall state police force to 880 troopers.

Whitlock first reported for duty on May 24 in a class of 70 members. Twenty-five cadets resigned during the rigorous 23-week training cycle, which included over 1,000 hours of study in subjects including constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, criminal investigation, hostage negotiations, search and seizure, drug identification, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, bomb threats and hazardous materials, among others.

Whitlock, from Campbellsville, is a graduate of Green County High School and the University of Louisville, where he majored in political science and history. At UofL, he served as community service chair for the Scholars Program, interned with the Center’s Strategic Broadening Seminar for the U.S. Army and was the student coordinator for the Kentucky General Assembly UofL legislative intern program.

By Alicia Humphrey, a 2017 McConnell Scholar