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....

Law enforcement groups tell legislative panel legalizing pot not the way to raise funds for pensions

As Kentucky lawmakers explore ways to pay for public employee pensions, a coalition of law enforcement groups say legalizing marijuana for recreational use isn’t the answer. “I’m not willing to risk my grandchildren’s health to save my pension,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard W. Sanders said Thursday while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs...

Beshear to transfer additional $10,000 to state police lab to help test sexual assault forensic exam kits

After announcing a nearly $3 million federal National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant, Attorney General Andy Beshear has said his office will transfer an additional $10,000 to the Kentucky State Police crime laboratory to continue the testing of sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) kits. The money is the amount of interest accumulated since February from the multimillion-dollar Risperdal settlement....

US DOJ awards Kentucky $3m Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant to investigate, prosecute sex crimes

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a nearly $3 million National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office to seek justice for victims of sexual assault. Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office will establish a sexual assault cold case unit comprised of a victim advocate, investigator, prosecutor and a SAKI coordinator from the three-year U.S Department...

Keven Moore: What’s Kentucky’s most dangerous animal? If you’re behind the wheel, it’s a deer

The most dangerous animal in the state of Kentucky is not a rattlesnake or black bear. It is the docile, beautiful but-oh-so-deadly whitetail deer. That’s right. Run-ins with deer on roadways cause millions of vehicle accidents every year. It’s especially common in October, November and December, the peak of mating season. According to the Kentucky State Police, nearly 47 percent of all collisions...

Retired KSP detective receives award from statewide child abuse prevention organization

Retired Kentucky State Police Detective Anthony Gatson was recognized by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) as a “Champion for Children” during the 21st annual Kids Are Worth It! Conference in Louisville. He is the recipient of the ninth annual law enforcement award given by Kentucky’s premier statewide child abuse and neglect prevention organization. Pictured (left to right) Kevin Payton,...

Man charged with kidnapping, assault after woman seriously injured, son found dead in Jackson County

Kentucky State Police are investigating the kidnapping and assault of a Jackson County woman and her son. In the morning hours of Saturday, September 9 around 10:45 a.m., the Kentucky State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injured female found by hikers. Jessica Durham was located and rescued at the bottom of an 80 foot cliff near Sparks Ridge Road. Durham was able...

KSP Needs You: State Police seeking support for best looking cruiser contest as part of 70th anniversary

The Kentucky State Police will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018. In anticipation of this milestone, the agency is seeking the support from Kentucky citizens for a special project to recognize its long service to the Commonwealth. KSP’s photo features one of its newest Dodge Charger cruisers in a horse farm setting complete with two retired equine champions. (Photo Provided) KSP will participate...

Attorney General’s Offices warns of new scam targeting programs aimed at assisting veterans

A scam preying upon Kentuckians’ goodwill toward veterans and veteran causes has been reported, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. The AG office has received several reports, including one from Kentucky State Police, who said a caller claiming to be with the “Coalition for Veterans of America” is seeking donations to help cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and aid homeless veterans. The...

Justice Secretary Tilley honors troopers and officers during Kentucky State Police Awards Ceremony

Justice Secretary John Tilley joined Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders in recognizing 79 KSP troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers for bravery, life-saving acts, and dedication to duty, at a ceremony held Friday. “The past few years have been challenging times for law enforcement,” said Sanders. “With attacks on police across the country, it can negatively impact...

Fourth of July marks start of summer travel season; KSP warns not to mix alcohol and driving

The Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of the traditional summer travel season and the American Automobile Association projects a record 37.5 million motorists will hit the roads this year, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year due to drunk driving crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

VFW donates $8,000 to Kentucky State Police Trooper Teddy Project; bears help calm children’s fears

The Veterans of Foreign Wars  (VFW) recently presented the Kentucky State Police (KSP) with an $8,000 donation to support the law enforcement agency’s Trooper Teddy Project. The project provides stuffed animals to help calm children’s fears during traumatic experiences such as car crashes, child or sexual abuse cases or serious illnesses. It also helps develop trust between children and law enforcement...

With temperatures on the rise, KSP warns that warmer weather poses significant danger for children

Temperatures are on the rise this week and KSP is warning parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement agencies answer calls about unattended children in vehicles. KidsandCars.org reports that 39 children died in the U.S. during 2016 from vehicular heat stroke with 11 deaths already in 2017. KSP spokesman Lt. Michael Webb says vehicle...

Kentucky State Police will auction over 160 vehicles, miscellaneous items to public on Friday

The Kentucky State Police will put approximately 110 running and 50 non-running vehicles and other miscellaneous items up for public auction on Friday, June 9. The vehicle brands include Dodge, Jaguar, Toyota, GMC, Chevy, Cadillac, Ford and Mazda. Other miscellaneous items include commercial kitchen equipment, trailers and a vehicle lift. The auction will be held at the KSP Supply Branch at 94 Airport...

Speed demons beware, new crop of state troopers on the road this summer through accelerated program

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Consider adjusting that cruise control because in a couple of months Kentucky State Police will be adding a lot more troopers on the road.
 Sixty-three cadets reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy to begin an accelerated training program lasting 12 weeks instead of the normal 24. The program is for current police officers with at least two years of experience.
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Click It or Ticket: Police to be on the alert, out in force during the Memorial Day holiday weekend

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Highway deaths in Kentucky may be on the decline this year, but that doesn’t mean police won’t be ramping up for the anticipated increase in traffic during this long Memorial Day holiday weekend. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is now underway across the country, coinciding with what is considered the traditional start to the summer driving season. So far this...

Newly adopted guidelines for hiring state troopers expands application process, KSP says

The Kentucky State Police will now be able to accept more applications than ever thanks to new hiring qualifications established by the legislature. Now, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED and has three years of work experience qualifies to apply for employment as a Kentucky State Trooper. Prior to the new guideline, applicants were required to have 60 hours of college credit, two years...

KSP contingent visits Norton Children’s Hospital to distribute 90 ‘Trooper Teddy’ bears

Kentucky State Police personnel visited Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on Tuesday to help lift the spirits of pediatric patients facing medical treatment. Led by Lt. Michael Webb, commander of the KSP Public Affairs Branch, the group distributed 90 “Trooper Teddy” bears, which feature a campaign hat like those worn by KSP troopers and officers and a tee shirt bearing the KSP seal. “The...