A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky State Police honors troopers and officers at awards ceremony in Lexington

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Justice Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders in recognizing 66 KSP troopers, eight Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers and 14 civilians for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty at a ceremony held in Lexington on July 13. “You are the embodiment of what law enforcement does,” Hampton told those...

Kentucky State Police Academy celebrates graduation of 42 cadets in Frankfort ceremony

  Forty-two new Kentucky State police Troopers were sworn in at graduation ceremonies held in Frankfort on June 22. (Photo from Kentucky State Police) The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 42 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort last week. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 874 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. Lt....

Rick Sanders: KSP safeguards citizens, employees and facilities, in full view of First Amendment

There has been significant media coverage in recent weeks surrounding protests by the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. Some sources have suggested that this group is somehow being arbitrarily “shut out” of access to the building because of the content of their message. This is simply not true. While the Kentucky State Police (KSP) works daily to safeguard...

Kentucky State Police say Poor People’s Campaign lacked proper permit to protest inside Capitol

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a simple explanation why teachers were allowed to protest inside the Capitol this spring and the Poor People’s Campaign was not allowed to protest inside in three separate rallies, Kentucky State Police said.   The Poor People’s Campaign only applied for a permit that let them use the front steps of the Capitol while the teachers filled out the proper paperwork...

Kentucky State Police Trooper Island summer camp awards eight $1,000 college scholarships

Trooper Island Camp, a free summer camp for 10 to 12-year-olds, owned and operated by the Kentucky State Police, has announced its 2018 college scholarship winners. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to help defray the costs of higher education. Trooper Island Camp Commander Jonathan Biven says the scholarship program was established in 2010 for qualifying high school seniors with plans to attend...

KSP takes novel approach to attract recruits; asks for eligible volunteers to claim new Dodge Chargers

The Kentucky State Police have taken a unique approach to recruitment. The KSP Public Affairs Branch issued the following statement, using the promise of a new car, to encourage applicants. Each year the Kentucky State Police offers top-of-the-line Dodge Chargers to the general public. For the last few years, many have gone unclaimed. “It’s quite baffling. These are top of the line vehicles,”...

Hart County fifth-grader Emma Sanders named state winner of Missing Children’s Day poster contest

The Kentucky State Police have announced the winning student artist for the National 2018 ‘Missing Children’s Day’ poster contest, co-sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. The contest is an annual event that encourages fifth-grade students from across the country to design posters depicting the importance of bringing missing children home. Emma Sanders (Photo from...

Ky. State Police release video safety resource for educators as part of School Safety Program

As part of its Safe Schools Program, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is rolling out a new video, ‘Be Prepared, not Scared’, that provides tips for keeping children safe in schools. The video is designed for pre-school through elementary-level students and is available free of charge through the KSP website. KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said the concept of the video is to prepare young children...

Kentucky State Police, U.S. DEA to partner on April 28 for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering on April 28 to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely. “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” said KSP...

KSP, Dept for Facilities and Support Services, Fire Marshal announce safety precautions for Capitol activities

Kentucky State Police (KSP), Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are asking the public to remain mindful of safety precautions while visiting the state Capitol Building and Capitol Annex on Friday and Saturday. The agencies are working to create a safe and accommodating environment that provides public access to...

For National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, KSP shares story of the vital role dispatchers play

April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time to recognize the efforts of more than 200,000 police and emergency service dispatchers throughout the U.S. The Kentucky State Police employs 187 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2017, they handled 519,474 calls. The following is a story about one of those calls. Quick thinking by a Kentucky State Police radio...

Kentucky State Police employee named top driver’s license examiner by national group

Chasity Perry, a certified driver test administrator with the Kentucky State Police Driver Testing Branch, has been named 2017 International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Outstanding Examiner of the Year by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). Chasity Perry A resident of Carlisle, Perry is a 12-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. She joined the Driver Testing...

KSP Angel Initiative offers help, not handcuffs, for those seeking treatment for addiction

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) have announced the launch a new initiative that encourages individuals suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD) to visit a local KSP post for assistance with treatment. The KSP Angel Initiative will pair individuals seeking addiction treatment with a local officer who will assist with locating an appropriate treatment program. It is completely voluntary, and the...

Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Scholarship fund accepting applications for fall 2018

The Kentucky State Police is now accepting applications from Kentucky high school seniors who are interested in qualifying for $1,000 scholarships that can be used for education expenses beginning in the fall of 2018. To be considered, students must complete and submit all application materials, which are available on the KSP website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org by April 1, 2018. “The Trooper...

Kentucky State Police raffling off 2018 Dodge Charger to support Trooper Island for underprivileged children

The Kentucky State Police are taking a walk on the wild side this year to support their Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children. The agency is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2018 Dodge Charger R/T 392 ScatPack, a four-door, five-passenger ride that combines legendary muscle car heritage with safety and comfort features suitable for family duty. Cloaked in a Destroyer Grey...

Kentucky State Police ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive collects record amount for state’s families in need

The Kentucky State Police “Cram the Cruiser” food drive collected nearly 210 tons (419,507 lbs.) of food this year to help Kentucky families struggling financially during the holiday season. That’s 79,851 lbs. more than last year. “Due to the generous giving spirit of individuals, businesses, schools and civic organizations throughout the state, we have gathered almost 40 tons more than we...

State Police Troopers, CVE officers recognized for impaired driving enforcement efforts

Sixteen Kentucky State Police Troopers and five Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers were among more than 200 law enforcement officers from 185 agencies throughout the Commonwealth recognized on last week by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) for their efforts to target impaired drivers. “We are honoring those who put their lives on the line each day to save the lives of others,”...

Kentucky State Police accepting donations for ‘Cram The Cruiser’ holiday food drive through Dec. 11

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their eighth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 22. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.11. “Food is one of the most basic human needs,” says KSP spokesperson Lt. Michael Webb. “Unfortunately, hunger is present throughout...

UK, UofL fans can show team spirit, increase highway safety during ‘Finish Strong’ seatbelt challenge

UK and UL football fans can show their team spirit and help reduce highway deaths this holiday season at two special events in Lexington and Louisville on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Representatives from the Kentucky State Police (KSP), the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Insurance Company will be giving away free red or blue t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans who arrive...

Kentucky State Police honor 24 civilian employees; Courtney Carver named Civilian Employee of the Year

Twenty-four civilian employees were honored Friday by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony in Lexington highlighting their performance and public service during the past year. “Without the hard work and dedication of our civilian employees, the Kentucky State Police could not provide the high level of service and protection to the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders....