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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...

Kentucky State Police recognizes 14 civilian employees from across state at annual ceremony

Kentucky State Police honored fourteen civilian employees today at a ceremony in Lexington. These award winners have exceled in public service and dedication to the agency this past year. KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders spoke prior to the ceremony thanking the winners for their dedicated service. Award winners pictured from left to right: Karen Williams, Ronald Cobb, Beverly Wagoner, Whitney Lyell, Kevin...

Grimes leads Election Integrity Task Force post-election meeting to evaluate Ky’s voting process

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday led the Election Integrity Task Force (“EITF”) in post-election discussions concerning Kentucky’s Primary Election that occurred on May 21. Created by Grimes in 2012, the Task Force meets prior to election day and after to discuss any irregularities and continues to coordinate efforts to protect the elections. The Task Force is...

New law says Kentucky citizens are no longer required to have a license to carry concealed weapon

Citizens of Kentucky are no longer required to have a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon in the Commonwealth. The change came from the 2019 Legislative Session via Senate Bill 150, which removes the requirement for a Concealed Carry Deadly Weapon (CCDW) permit. The new concealed carry law applies to those 21 years of age or older and otherwise qualified to carry a firearm in Kentucky. Restrictions...

Kentucky State Police to participate in national crash awareness effort during Fourth of July holiday period

Kentucky State Police is participating in Operation C.A.R.E (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the Fourth of July holiday season. Beginning on July 3 and extending through July 5, at 11:59 p.m. – KSP Troopers will be taking part in a national effort to increase officer presence on Interstate and U.S Highways. Occurring during specific high crash periods, troopers will focus on keeping the...

KSP Commissioner Sanders honors fallen troopers, officers and patrolmen during memorial service

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders recognized the fallen KSP troopers, officers and highway patrolmen at a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony last week. Held at the KSP Training Academy, this service honored the memory of the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. “Law enforcement shows no bounds whether the uniform is brown, green, gray, or blue,” said Commissioner...

KSP, DEA to team up to take back potentially dangerous prescription medicines on April 27

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering on April 27 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...

Kentucky Real Estate Commission introduces new online licensing process for applicants

The Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC) announces a new online licensing process for all applicants for a real estate license. Applicants will now be able to apply and pay for their professional license through the KREC website at https://krec.ky.gov. “Our priority for the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), which includes the Real Estate Commission, is to provide exceptional service to everyone...

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week: Two KSP examples of actions that saved lives

April 14-20 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time set aside to recognize the more than 200,000 individuals throughout the U.S. who play critical roles in the delivery of public safety services. Often called the “heroes behind the headsets,” these men and women provide a lifeline to both citizens in need and officers in the field. They serve as an unseen, but vital link in keeping...

Kentucky State Police to host free car seat safety check at Frankfort headquarters Feb. 28

(Click for larger image) Kentucky State Police will host a free car seat safety check event on February 28, 2019 at the KSP headquarters location (919 Versailles Road, Frankfort) from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Troopers who will be performing the car seat safety checks have completed a training course and are certified by Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit that offers programs meant to help communities keep...

KSP introduces new mobile drug education trailer to inform public about effects of substance abuse

The Kentucky State Police have introduced a new mobile substance abuse education exhibit designed to help inform the public about the devastating effects of substance abuse. The 30-foot trailer features 14 flat screen monitors and one touch-screen monitor that present video messages about meth, heroin, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. The videos include actual meth users who tell their real-life stories...