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Lexington Police Department using high-tech K9 in effort to keep people safer at major public events

A new four-legged officer is helping the Lexington Police Department sniff out explosives and possible threats to public safety. Residents and visitors will now see Tilly, a Vapor Wake K9, working major community events around Lexington. “Today it is necessary for cities and communities to prepare for every situation,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Having Tilly at events and venues attracting major...

UK student develops program to to help encourage communication between police, autism community

By Amanda Nelson and Beth Goins Special to KyForward A University of Kentucky student is teaming with local police to provide education about interacting with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Abbey Love is an educational psychology doctoral student in the UK College of Education. With a research focus on teaching and ASD, Love is involved with Central Kentucky autism groups such as...