James Wright

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Service Record

Kentucky State Police

Rank Trooper
Dates of Service Hired in 2018.[1]
Salary $46,422 (2021)[2]
Last Known Status Active


2020 Post 4 Trooper of the Year and Lifesaving Award

On September 30, 2021, Wright was named the 2020 Post 4 Trooper of the Year. Wright also received the Lifesaving Award for applying a tourniquet to a critically injured man.[3][4][5]

Incident Reports

2020 Arrest of Alex Hornback

Response Timeline

A state police investigation found that Wright did not violate standards of conduct.[6]

2021 Arrest of Michael Sietsema

On June 1, 2021, Wright stopped Michael Sietsema for speeding. Sietsema refused Wright's order to get off his motorcycle and put suspected drugs in the gas tank. Wright used his Taser several times, after which Sietsema "became compliant".[6]

Sietsema was charged with resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.[6]

LEO Ratings


  1. jerry Atwood, 42 new KSP Troopers, 92.7 The Wave, 2018
  2. James Wright C, Police Trooper Senior -Ch, Kentucky State Police, govSalaries
  3. Captain Daniel White, 2020 Trooper of the Year Nomination-Post 04, Kentucky State Police, 2021-03-26
  4. Post 4 Troopers Honored at Kentucky State Police Sworn Award Ceremony, Kentucky State Police, 2021-09-30
  5. Sworn Awards Ceremony, Kentucky State Police, 2022-02-04
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 R.G. Dunlop, False testimony didn’t end these Kentucky state troopers’ careers, Louisville Public Media, 2022-02-28