Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Public Affairs Branch (502) 782-1780
KSP Op/Ed by Brig. Gen. Norman Arflack
Kentucky State Police celebrates 58th birthday July 1
Date of News Release: 06/26/2006
As Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and as a retired Kentucky State Trooper, it is my privilege to acknowledge the 58th birthday of the Kentucky State Police on behalf of the hard-working members, past and present, of this venerable institution.
The Kentucky State Police organization was officially established on July 1, 1948, by state statute signed by Governor Earl C. Clements. From its humble beginnings as a force of 40 minimally trained officers, the agency has grown to become the well-respected, highly trained and effective law enforcement element it is today with over 1,000 sworn officers and 755 support personnel.
The duties of the Kentucky State Trooper have expanded profoundly in the modern era from the old days of demolishing liquor stills, shutting down gambling operations and monitoring traffic speed. The duties now include the protection of state government executive and legislative branch leaders, security of government facilities, drug interdiction, marijuana eradication, arson investigation, white collar and electronic crime, child sexual abuse cases, anti-terrorism and special response teams. The services also include a canine unit, advanced telecommunications, a firearms range and training for officers in D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Six sophisticated regional crime laboratories provide a variety of forensic support and expertise to local law enforcement agencies.
Thanks to the efforts of Gov. Ernie Fletcher and the 2006 Kentucky Legislature, the Kentucky State Police will be able to continue to meet the challenge of our changing society. Increased funding will enhance officer retention and increase the number of troopers in the state by 50. By the fall of 2007, the budget will have grown nearly 19 percent, or $25 million, since the governor came into office.
Despite the skyrocketing cost of gasoline, Kentucky troopers are performing their regular patrols. While other states have been forced to restrict patrols because of gas costs, we have allocated an additional $1.3 million for fuel this year alone as we continue to place safety first.
New mobile data systems installed in nearly every state police cruiser will mean that troopers will have instant access to certain records without the need to contact a dispatcher. This advancement will greatly enhance officer safety and operational efficiency.
I hope you will join me in celebrating the 58th birthday of the Kentucky State Police as we continue a tradition of excellence and dedicated public service. It is important that we honor our organization's proud history, including the 23 troopers killed in the line of duty, the men and women who came before us, and those who are now serving.