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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...

Kentucky State Police ‘Crammed the Cruisers’ with 211 tons of food to help families for the holidays

The 9th Annual Kentucky State Police “Cram the Cruiser” food drive is in the books and raised more than 211 tons (422,662 pounds) of food to help Kentucky families.   “Due to the generous giving spirit of individuals, businesses, schools and civic organizations throughout the state, we are able to assist Kentucky families who may be financially strapped this holiday season,” said KSP Commissioner...

Kentucky State Police to begin increased drunk driving enforcement campaign efforts Friday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police are joining together in an effort to remind motorists to be responsible behind the wheel as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” increased enforcement campaign runs Dec. 14, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019. “While the holiday season is a special time to visit with friends and family, many of these celebrations...

Boyd County Detention Center has second death in four days after multiple inmates overdose

Kentucky Today There was a second death in four days at a troubled Kentucky jail after multiple inmates overdosed on drugs Saturday into early Sunday morning. Two inmates were rushed to the hospital and one, Charles Shawn Finley of Ashland, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond told The Daily Independent they “are suspecting fentanyl” because that’s...

Kentucky State Police, Eastern Kentucky University unveil new digital forensics lab at Richmond Campus

The Kentucky State Police have teamed up with Eastern Kentucky University to create a new digital forensics laboratory on the school’s Richmond campus. The laboratory will provide forensic examinations on electronic media for KSP investigators as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. “With the widespread use of desktop computers, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and flash drives,...

Kentucky State Police recognize civilian employees; Randall Adams named Civilian Employee of the Year

Fourteen civilian employees were honored last week by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony in Lexington highlighting their performance and public service during the past year. “The Kentucky State Police has a wide array of individuals with diverse talents and skills who contribute to our public safety mission on a daily basis,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “Without them, our success...

Kentucky State Police accepting donations for ninth annual ‘Cram The Cruiser’ holiday food drive

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10. “Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” said KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where...

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...