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Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky provides critical training to strengthen communities after pandemic

Preparing Kentucky for a prosperous future after the COVID-19 pandemic begins with our youngest citizens. The latest social science shows creating healthy connections for our children help them grow into adults who strengthen Kentucky communities and build our economy. Times of high stress and uncertainty increase the risk of exposure to violence or trauma that can affect growing brains, but child...

Opinion: Marsy’s Law for Kentucky — crime victims deserve it, and it’s time to stand up for them

Dr. Emily Bonistall Postel Special to KyForward No one asks to be a crime victim. For many, the experience is the worst situation they will ever face. And for some, it is also their last. My official role with Marsy’s Law for Kentucky began this past fall, but my journey as a crime victims’ advocate began nearly 15 years ago. On May 1, 2005, my cousin Lindsey was brutally raped and murdered in...

Beshear unveils ‘Education First’ budget ending 14 years of cuts; funds health, pensions, social workers

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his first budget to lawmakers on Tuesday prioritizing education, health care and protecting our children, underlining his belief that a budget is a statement of values. “It is a budget that not only ends years of painful cuts, it also makes a major investment in public education, fully funds expanded Medicaid, makes a historic investment in protecting our children, directs...

Advancing crime victims’ rights focus of AG’s Office of Victims Advocacy conference

To better assist survivors, victim advocates, law enforcement and allied professionals in advancing the rights of crime victims, Attorney General Andy Beshear and the AG’s Office of Victims Advocacy are hosting a two-day conference, beginning today. Beshear The conference will take place at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort and the theme is “Honoring our past. Creating hope...

Nearly $3 million in homeland security grants awarded throughout Kentucky to counter terrorism

After an extensive evaluation and review process, Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced Tuesday that 50 grant recipients will receive nearly $3 million under Kentucky’s 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program to purchase law enforcement, fire and emergency services equipment to counter threats of terrorism in the Commonwealth. “Ensuring the safety and protection...

Jonathan Shell: Republicans in Frankfort have enacted policies to make Kentucky more prosperous

The Fancy Farm Picnic, perhaps the greatest political tradition in the country, is the unofficial kickoff to the fall campaigns. As we all look forward to West Kentucky barbeque and old-fashioned stump speeches, it is important to remember all that Republicans in Frankfort have accomplished over the last two years, including the following: 1. Right-to-Work and Prevailing Wage Repeal: Right-to-work...

Students at Morehead Youth Development Center earn plant science certifications

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is pleased to recognize eight Morehead Youth Development Center students who earned the Bayer CropScience Plant Science Certification during the 2017-18 academic school year. Through the intensive certification program, students gained essential career skills that promote a successful transition to post-secondary education and the workforce. “It feels...

Rep. Mike Denham: Tireless dedication of our local law enforcement results in safer Kentucky for all

One of the best things about Kentucky is that it remains one of the safest places in which to live. According to the website 24/7 Wall St., we have the sixth-lowest violent-crime rate among the states, while several south of us rank among the top 10 highest. Tennessee’s rate, for example, is nearly three times the size of ours. There are several reasons behind this disparity, but some of the more...

Twenty Four officers graduate from Sergeant’s Course at Criminal Justice Training Academy

Law enforcement officers from 21 agencies across the commonwealth were recognized Friday for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision. APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants. While in...