Gov. Beshear, Kentucky State Police Launch Youth Academy To Recruit Future Generations Of Officers

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police have launched an innovative program focused on recruiting the future generation of law enforcement officers.

The Youth Academy 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,”  Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This creative approach to recruitment will increase our sworn personnel numbers and build a new Kentucky home for future generations.”

The inaugural Youth Academy Program is scheduled to be held 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,” said 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.”

Applications for the Youth Academy Program are currently being accepted for Kentuckians who are 16 – 17 years old. The deadline to apply is June 10. For additional details on the Youth Academy Program, including eligibility criteria and the application process, please visit

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,” added Trooper Island Camp Commander Jonathan Biven. “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.”

According to the National COPS Office website, youth law enforcement academies are proven effective and play a significant role in recruiting new officers while providing training and understanding of critical topics.

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