A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

John Tilley announces grant applications for federal Victims Of Crime Act to be available on May 3

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley has announced that applications will be available May 3 for obtaining grants under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Programs that offer direct services to victims of violent crime may apply for the funds. Applications are due by June 15, and awards are scheduled to be announced in October. The VOCA program provides a range of services to crime victims,...

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...

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...

Bevin announces new public awareness campaign, website aimed at fight against opioid addiction

Gov. Matt Bevin is urging all Kentuckians to help beat back the opioid epidemic with a new public awareness campaign that highlights the dangers of opioid abuse and offers information on drug treatment and naloxone. The campaign, launching this week, combines web content with statewide advertising to drive home a simple message: “Don’t Let Them Die.” The theme encourages Kentuckians to recognize...

Kentucky law enforcement agencies meeting new requirements on sexual assault policies

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley said Monday that every law enforcement agency certified through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund has met new requirements on sexual assault policies – a key turning point in addressing the backlog of rape evidence kits. The policies were mandated under Senate Bill 63 – known as the SAFE Act – which passed in the 2016 General Assembly....

State agencies join forces to provide over 2,000 handmade teddy bears to foster children

A gift of teddy bears is helping to make winter a bit warmer for some children in need. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has 2,000 handmade teddy bears that social services staff can use to help comfort children during crisis situations. “These cuddly teddy bears are such a comfort to children who are facing trauma because...

Grant money to assist violent crime victims doubling this year to over $14 million

Grant money to help victims of violent crime is more than doubling this year – all thanks to an aggressive effort to capture federal funding and pair grants with Kentucky organizations, Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley said. In total, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is awarding more than $14 million in grants to programs that aid crime victims, including rape crisis...

Audit of criminal justice training, law enforcement programs find management, spending issues

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harman said Thursday the findings of a special examination of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT), and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund (KLEFPF) revealed 10 findings related to the policies, procedures, and financial activity of DOCJT and KLEFPF, which will be referred to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. “Our...

Youth services reform veteran Cockerell picked to lead Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Department

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced that Carey D. Cockerell, the former head of family and child protection in Texas, has been named as the new commissioner for the state Department of Juvenile Justice. Cockerell is taking the department’s helm after more than 40 years of experience in youth programs. As commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, he implemented...

Grant money available for programs that offer help to violent crime victims; June 30 deadline to apply

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley has announced that applications are now available for obtaining grants under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Programs that offer direct services to victims of violent crime may apply for the funds. Applications are due by June 30, and awards are scheduled to be announced in September. The VOCA program provides a range of services to crime victims, including...

Jeffersontown police chief Richard Sanders named new Kentucky State Police commissioner

Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Monday that Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard W. Sanders will become the new Commissioner for Kentucky State Police (KSP). Sanders joins KSP with more than 40 years of experience from federal and local law enforcement agencies. He has held executive leadership positions for the past two decades and was named Kentucky’s Chief of...

KyCIR: State says Gynnya McMillen died of medical condition in juvenile detention center

By Ryland Barton and R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Sixteen-year-old Gynnya McMillen’s death earlier this year in a state-run, juvenile-detention center was due to an irregular heartbeat, state officials said Wednesday. Gynnya died from a “sudden cardiac arrhythmia” while sleeping in her room, according to Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley. Officials...