Jay Newcom is ready to serve the Daviess County community after graduating from the Kentucky State Police Training Academy, and he said he’s humbled by the opportunity.
“I was inspired to go into law enforcement at a fairly young age,” Newcom said. “I always saw police officers and troopers as protectors. I can remember being in awe of them when they’d enter a room. I also saw them as helpers, always willing to assist those around them. As I grew older, I began to see them as servants that were highly respected in the community. I’ve always had the desire in my heart to be that person to others.”
Newcom, who was assigned to Post 16-Henderson, is one of the 45 cadets that represent the 100th training class since the inception of the agency in 1948.
“The academy was, without a doubt, the toughest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “I feel like it has prepared me extremely well, and I’ve come out confident and ready to serve. In my opinion, the state of Kentucky definitely has one of the best academies in the nation.”
Newcom said he’s proud to be able to return to the area to begin his career.
“Being able to come back home and serve at this Post, in the community that raised me, is such an honor,” he said. “I’m humbled to be able to give back to a place that has done so much for me. It is a huge blessing. I’m very grateful and looking forward to this opportunity.”
The troopers earned their badges after completing 24 weeks of intense training while following ‘Healthy at Work’ guidelines. The training included more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study.
These cadets benefited from new hiring guidelines established by state legislature in 2017. Through this revision, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED, and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a KSP Trooper and earn an associate’s degree during the training process.