Ten Kentucky State Police troopers made history on March 15 as they took their oath of office in Frankfort from Kentucky Court of Appeals Chief Justice Sara Combs. Pledging to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and to perform their duties faithfully and impartially, they became the first group of retired troopers to return to active duty under the Trooper R classification, a program authorized by the 2009 state legislature that permits the re-employment of retired troopers on a contractual basis. These veteran troopers represent a total of 267 years of law enforcement experience, said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. Their return to duty further enhances the ability of the Kentucky State Police to provide effective law enforcement services to the citizens of Kentucky. The reactivated troopers include: Stephen C. Humphreys, of Murray, Ky. Humphreys retired as a captain in 2006 after 26 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 1 in Mayfield. Kenneth W. Mayfield, of Bowling Green, Ky. Mayfield retired as a major in 2008 after 34 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 3 in Bowling Green. Paul D. Oldham, of Rineyville, Ky. Oldham retired as a senior trooper in 2009 after 21 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown. Thomas A. Miller, of Harlan, Ky. Miller retired as a sergeant in 2008 after 33 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 10 in Harlan. Roy Pace, Jr., of Pineville, Ky. Pace retired as a senior trooper in 2008 after 23 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 10 in Harlan. Curtis C. Pingleton, of Pineville, Ky. Pingleton retired as a senior trooper in 2009 after 23 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 10 in Harlan. Robert B. Hawkins, of Frankfort, Ky. Hawkins retired as a senior trooper in 2009 after 32 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 12 in Frankfort. Kenneth W. Perkins, of Columbia, Ky. Perkins retired as a senior trooper in 2009 after 30 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 15 in Columbia. Ricky V. Underwood, of Campbellsville, Ky. Underwood retired as a senior trooper in 2008 after 19 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 15 in Columbia. Tony R. Wells, of Burkesville, Ky. Wells retired as a senior trooper in 2008 after 26 years of service. He will be assigned to KSP Post 15 in Columbia. After a brief period of refresher training at the KSP Academy, these troopers will be assigned to road patrol duties throughout the state, said Brewer. Their years of experience will be put to use on the front lines of our law enforcement activities. Their presence will provide a welcome boost to our manpower resources with decreased training costs. With the addition of the 10 troopers, KSP will field a force of 873 sworn troopers. The agencys authorized full strength level is 1,070 sworn troopers. (A new 23-week training class for KSP cadets begins on April 11.) House Bill 410, passed on June 25, 2009, created the position of Trooper R Class, which is defined as a Kentucky State Police officer, who retired from service as a commissioned officer under KRS Chapter 16, and is re-employed under KRS 16.196 16.199. Troopers falling under this classification are employed on a contractual basis and are vested with the powers and duties of any peace officer commissioned under KRS Chapter 16. To be employed as a Trooper R Class, a Chapter 16 retiree must have retired as a member of the State Police Retirement System with at least 20 years of service credit; have been separated from service for a period of no less than one month and no more than 60 months; have retired willingly with no administrative charges pending and have retired with no pre-existing agreement with the Kentucky State Police to return to work for the department. KSP is currently processing applications for additional Trooper R candidates, but no start dates have been determined at this time.