By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Ninety recruits have started 23 weeks of training at the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort.

Capt. David Jude, the academy’s commander, says the rigorous training reflects the demands of being an officer. He says cadets will have to prove themselves daily to earn the right to wear the badge and uniform of a state police trooper.

Recruits went through physical fitness tests on the first day of training. Those tests included weight lifting, sit-ups, push-ups, a 300-meter run and a mile-and-a-half run.

Cadets will have to complete more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study. Subjects include constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, first aid, high-speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation and hostage negotiations.

The class is tentatively scheduled to graduate on Jan. 16.

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