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Kentucky State Police veteran Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. sworn in as agency’s new commissioner

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the appointment of Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. as commissioner of the Kentucky State Police (KSP). “I believe in Commissioner Burnett’s ability to lead KSP into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “He is already working to increase recruitment and create a more diverse workforce, which is crucial to fulfilling our state’s law enforcement duties.” During a ceremony...

AAA: Spring forward, but don’t drive drowsy — sleepy drivers are a major safety risk

The arrival of Daylight Saving Time this weekend means one less hour of sleep and the potential for more sleepy drivers on the road.  AAA is reminding drivers to adjust their clock and sleeping habits to make sure they’re alert behind the wheel. (Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour.) According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the percentage of crashes involving...

AAA reminding Kentuckians to make Sunday’s Super Bowl about safety and fun, not COVID and crashes

While festivities for Sunday’s big game will certainly look different due to the pandemic, AAA is advising Kentucky’s football fans to make the right call and have a plan in place for safe and sober driving. According to data from the Kentucky State Police, 2021 is getting off to a wrong start, with 47 fatalities due to crashes versus zero fatalities during this same period last year. Alcohol-impaired...

A unit of Kentucky State Police Troopers were part of the security detail for the Presidential Inauguration

Kentucky Today A unit of 44 Kentucky State Police Troopers joined local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from across the country to provide security at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. The troopers were temporarily sworn in as local officers giving them arrest powers during their duties, which will include traffic and crowd control, security at events and other...

Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch investigations lead to 114 arrests of child predators

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch says 2020 was a busy year for them, as they responded to over 3,000 cybercrime tips, leading to 707 completed investigations resulting in 114 arrests of child internet predators. 

 While the investigative unit handles a variety of cybercrimes, they partner with the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force...

Expect Kentucky State Police, participating in Operation C.A.R.E., to be out in force this week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today You can expect to see a heightened law enforcement presence on U.S. highways and interstates during the upcoming week as part of a nationwide safety campaign. 
Kentucky State Police will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., for Crash Awareness Reduction Effort. From November 9-16, during specific high crash periods, KSP troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety encourages motorists to drive safely this Halloween

This Halloween, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind motorists that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” “It’s been a tough year for all Kentuckians but we must remain vigilant and continue making responsible choices to keep each other safe,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Halloween...

AAA: Important reminders for Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the entire year

AAA believes no life is worth losing to driver distraction. In Kentucky, there were 6,455 collisions attributed to distracted driving in 2019, according to data from the Kentucky State Police. Those collisions resulted in 14 fatalities and 1,719 injuries. AAA is urging all drivers to pay attention and focus on the road during this National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and all year long. “Focused...

AAA: Would your child’s safety seat pass inspection? Parents urged to review Kentucky car seat law

Every day in America, there are children riding in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child restraint systems are often used incorrectly. An estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are misused...

Kentucky State Police seeks candidates; Academy Class 101 to include innovative training format

Law enforcement agencies around the country have worked to adapt to a changing environment in response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and civil unrest. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is seeking individuals who want to make a difference by being responsive to the unique needs currently faced by our communities. KSP is calling for certified law enforcement officers who want to increase their...

KSP to hold ‘Cover the Cruiser’ during last week of July to support Special Olympics Kentucky

During the last week of July, Kentucky State Police (KSP) invites the public to ‘Cover the Cruiser’ in support of Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY). KSP posts across the state will have cruisers parked at designated locations (i.e. gas stations, grocery stores, etc.) and will encourage the public to cover their cruisers with custom SOKY stickers. For a minimum donation of $1, which will go directly...

KSP asks for your vote — and believes it’s deserving — for the national title ‘Best Looking Cruiser’

Kentucky State Police are seeking the national title for ‘Best Looking Cruiser’ and need your vote in the American Association of State Troopers (AAST) annual contest. Competing against state law enforcement agencies across the U.S., KSP knows how important every vote is. Beautiful, right? Last year, KSP took third place and was featured on the calendar for the month of March. KSP won the contest...

Kentucky State Police announce cancellation of 2020 Trooper Island camp due to coronavirus pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s been another casualty due to the coronavirus pandemic as the Kentucky State Police announced Monday that the Trooper Island Kid’s camp this summer has been cancelled. It was supposed to be a celebration as state police planned to host the fifty-fifth year of the camp, but out of concern for safety, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer made the tough decision to cancel...

Kentucky State Trooper Bartley Weaver IV participates in NBC’s ‘The Titan Games’

By Summer Crick Special to KyForward It’s safe to say that Bartley Weaver IV, a state trooper with the Kentucky State Police and graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, is a man of many talents. Weaver, who came to Kentucky Wesleyan to major in criminal justice and play football, began working out with his dad at the age of 12. Eighteen years later, he’s never taken a full week off from training...

Gov. Beshear reports spike in number of coronavirus cases, update on fatal police shooting in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A large spike in new cases of the coronavirus and the state’s youngest victim to die from it were among the topics discussed by Gov. Andy Beshear during his daily press briefing on Wednesday. “On our list of deaths today, we have a 9-month old child from Hopkins County,” Beshear said. “The lead cause of death will not be COVID-19, but the way we have listed every...

Gov. Beshear meets with mother of Breonna Taylor, orders KSP investigation of David McAtee’s death

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on demonstrations in Louisville and the investigations into deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee. “As we move forward, we will be reducing our National Guard presence in Louisville,” the Governor said. “That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following.” Gov. Beshear talked about the search for justice for Breonna...

Kentucky reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in single day with 293, four additional deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky had its highest single-day number of cases of the coronavirus reported on Sunday, with 293, bringing the total to at least 2,960. There were also four deaths reported Sunday, one each in Graves, Hopkins, Jackson and Jefferson counties. There have now been 148 Kentuckians who have lost their lives due to the pandemic. Nationwide, there have been over 762,000 confirmed...

Familiar face tapped to lead Kentucky State Police into 2020 as Rodney Brewer comes out of retirement

The longest-serving Commissioner in Kentucky State Police history has been reappointed to serve once again. Governor Andy Beshear has brought Rodney Brewer out of retirement to take the lead of an agency with which he has a 33-year history. Rodney Brewer During his previous tenure, Brewer served in numerous assignments including uniformed operations, special investigations, narcotics, strategic planning,...

Bevin, KSP announce statewide victims assistance program; trained advocates to provide support

Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday joined with Kentucky State Police, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and the federal Office of Justice Programs, within the Department of Justice, to announce a new initiative that will provide trained advocates at every KSP post to support and assist victims of crime. KSP is among the first state police agencies to implement this program on a statewide basis. The program,...

National ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign nets 347 DUI arrests in Kentucky in first five days

Kentucky State Police reminded motorists Thursday that they are continuing their enforcement efforts during the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Since the effort began on Aug. 16, there have been 347 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in Kentucky by law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth. KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson says the focus of the campaign...