A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Lottery sales dip slightly in first quarter; current Powerball and Mega Millions runs closing gap

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tonight’s BIG MEGA MILLIONS jackpot is an estimated $548 million. There is an extra $1 Megaplier feature for $2 tickets which can be purchased at any of the Kentucky Lottery’s retailers or online at www.kylottery.com) In Thursday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Board of Directors, it was announced that first-quarter sales for FY19 (July 1 thru Sept. 30) dipped...

Health Policy Forum: Medical marijuana has some health benefits, but there are adverse risks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Research shows conclusively that medical marijuana has some health benefits, but also comes with some adverse risks that would likely be exacerbated by the increasing potency of the plants, and some think a medical marijuana law in Kentucky would be a “Trojan horse” for recreational use. Meanwhile, teen vaping of high-potency marijuana products is...

Kentucky State Police unveil new ‘Safety Town’ exhibit at 2018 Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Police kicked off the 2018 Kentucky State Fair with a grand re-opening and dedication ceremony for its new “Safety Town” exhibit, a perennial favorite with fair attendees for more than 50 years. KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders hosted 2018 Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard, Kentucky Venues President and CEO David Beck and Mr. Fair Bear (Ky. State Fair mascot) at a red-carpet, ribbon-cutting...

Passport Health Plan makes grant to Kentucky State Police Foundation to purchase fentanyl response kits

Passport Health Plan presented the Kentucky State Police Foundation with a $25,000 grant which will be used to purchase fentanyl response kits that will help KSP troopers avoid contact with dangerous drugs. The kits include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag. Grainger Inc. is supplying the gear, which will be issued to all sworn units...

Kentucky State Police partner with other state agencies to enforce ‘Move Over’ law this week

The Kentucky State Police has joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project for enforcement of the ‘Move Over’ law this week. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police, Michigan State Police, and the West Virginia State Police. Kentucky’s ‘Move Over’ law is designed...

Grant provides Kentucky State Police with fentanyl response kits to protect against contact the drug

Kentucky State Police troopers and officers have received another tool to combat the opioid crisis – fentanyl response kits that help them avoid contact with dangerous drugs. The kits were purchased with $25,000 in grant funds from Passport Health Plan. They include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag. The Kentucky State Police Foundation...

Dwayne F. Depp named commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards

Acting Labor Secretary David A. Dickerson today announced the appointment of Dwayne F. Depp as the commissioner of the Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards. “I’m thrilled for Dwayne and welcome his many years of leadership experience to our team here at the Labor Cabinet,” Secretary Dickerson said. “His extensive background in managing employees, budgeting and...

Kentucky State Police competing for 2019’s Best Looking Cruiser; Voting open through July 25

Kentucky State Police is competing with state law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S in the American Association of State Troopers (AAST) “2019 Best Looking Cruiser Contest.” The winning photo will be featured on the cover and premier January position of the association’s 2019 wall calendar. KSP’s photo features one of its newest Dodge Charger cruisers in front of the state capitol building...

Kentucky State Police honors troopers and officers at awards ceremony in Lexington

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Justice Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders in recognizing 66 KSP troopers, eight Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers and 14 civilians for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty at a ceremony held in Lexington on July 13. “You are the embodiment of what law enforcement does,” Hampton told those...

Kentucky State Police Academy celebrates graduation of 42 cadets in Frankfort ceremony

  Forty-two new Kentucky State police Troopers were sworn in at graduation ceremonies held in Frankfort on June 22. (Photo from Kentucky State Police) The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 42 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort last week. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 874 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. Lt....

Rick Sanders: KSP safeguards citizens, employees and facilities, in full view of First Amendment

There has been significant media coverage in recent weeks surrounding protests by the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. Some sources have suggested that this group is somehow being arbitrarily “shut out” of access to the building because of the content of their message. This is simply not true. While the Kentucky State Police (KSP) works daily to safeguard...

Kentucky State Police say Poor People’s Campaign lacked proper permit to protest inside Capitol

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a simple explanation why teachers were allowed to protest inside the Capitol this spring and the Poor People’s Campaign was not allowed to protest inside in three separate rallies, Kentucky State Police said.   The Poor People’s Campaign only applied for a permit that let them use the front steps of the Capitol while the teachers filled out the proper paperwork...

Kentucky State Police Trooper Island summer camp awards eight $1,000 college scholarships

Trooper Island Camp, a free summer camp for 10 to 12-year-olds, owned and operated by the Kentucky State Police, has announced its 2018 college scholarship winners. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to help defray the costs of higher education. Trooper Island Camp Commander Jonathan Biven says the scholarship program was established in 2010 for qualifying high school seniors with plans to attend...

KSP takes novel approach to attract recruits; asks for eligible volunteers to claim new Dodge Chargers

The Kentucky State Police have taken a unique approach to recruitment. The KSP Public Affairs Branch issued the following statement, using the promise of a new car, to encourage applicants. Each year the Kentucky State Police offers top-of-the-line Dodge Chargers to the general public. For the last few years, many have gone unclaimed. “It’s quite baffling. These are top of the line vehicles,”...

Hart County fifth-grader Emma Sanders named state winner of Missing Children’s Day poster contest

The Kentucky State Police have announced the winning student artist for the National 2018 ‘Missing Children’s Day’ poster contest, co-sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. The contest is an annual event that encourages fifth-grade students from across the country to design posters depicting the importance of bringing missing children home. Emma Sanders (Photo from...

Ky. State Police release video safety resource for educators as part of School Safety Program

As part of its Safe Schools Program, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is rolling out a new video, ‘Be Prepared, not Scared’, that provides tips for keeping children safe in schools. The video is designed for pre-school through elementary-level students and is available free of charge through the KSP website. KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said the concept of the video is to prepare young children...

Kentucky State Police, U.S. DEA to partner on April 28 for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering on April 28 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...

KSP, Dept for Facilities and Support Services, Fire Marshal announce safety precautions for Capitol activities

Kentucky State Police (KSP), Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are asking the public to remain mindful of safety precautions while visiting the state Capitol Building and Capitol Annex on Friday and Saturday. The agencies are working to create a safe and accommodating environment that provides public access to...

For National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, KSP shares story of the vital role dispatchers play

April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time to recognize the efforts of more than 200,000 police and emergency service dispatchers throughout the U.S. The Kentucky State Police employs 187 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2017, they handled 519,474 calls. The following is a story about one of those calls. Quick thinking by a Kentucky State Police radio...

Kentucky State Police employee named top driver’s license examiner by national group

Chasity Perry, a certified driver test administrator with the Kentucky State Police Driver Testing Branch, has been named 2017 International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Outstanding Examiner of the Year by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). Chasity Perry A resident of Carlisle, Perry is a 12-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. She joined the Driver Testing...