All components and personnel of the Kentucky State Police are ultimately accountable to the Commissioner. Select any of the menu choices below to learn more about the organizational structure of the Kentucky State Police.
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Provides security for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, their families and residences, and other dignitaries.
The Administrative Division, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Chad White, is comprised of the following branches:
Academy Branch, Drivers Testing Branch, Employee Assistance Program Branch, Facilities Security Branch, Financial/Grant Management Branch, Human Resources Branch, Highway Safety Branch, Internal Affairs Branch, Inspections & Evaluations Branch, Legislative Security Branch, Public Affairs Branch, Properties Management Branch, Recruitment Branch, Supply Branch and the Strategic Planning Branch.
The Drivers Testing Branch, Facilities Security Branch, Financial/Grant Management Branch, Highway Safety Branch, Inspections/Evaluation Branch, Legislative Security Branch, Public Affairs Branch and Strategic Planning Branch report directly to Major Fredrick A. Williams, Jr.
The Academy Branch, Human Resources Branch, Internal Affairs Branch, Properties Management & Supply Branch, and the Recruitment Branch report directly to Major David P. Jude.
Administers Cadet Training, Career Training and Specialized Training. Also responsible for the development, monitoring and re-evaluation of these training programs and the Academy food services.
The Academy Branch is under the command of Captain Donald R. Wilson, Jr.
Responsible for ensuring that only qualified persons throughout the state obtain a Kentucky vehicle operator's license and/or commercial driver's license (CDL) by administering a thorough examination to each applicant based upon Uniform Driver Test Standards. This branch shall also inspect and license all driver and CDL training schools.
The Driver Testing Branch is under the command of Captain Howard R. Rice.
This branch provides personal services to agency employees and their families, including stress counseling, spiritual guidance and referral services.
The Employee Assistance Branch is under the acting command of EAP Psychologist Charles Biebel.
Responsible for maintaining security at designated state-owned or leased facilities and property.
The Facilities Security Branch is under the command of Lieutenant Jason A. Palmer.
This branch is responsible for all agency budget-related functions, and special projects, fund transfers, account monitoring, agency purchase approvals, and the development, application, monitoring and report writing pertaining to all agency-related grants.
The Financial/Grant Management Branch is under the command of Lieutenant Jeremy S. Hamm.
The KSP Highway Safety Branch coordinates highway safety programs focused on public outreach, education and enforcement for the agency. The branch is also responsible for administration and monitoring of OJJDP Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Block Grant funds.
This branch coordinates officer selection procedures, identifies potential applicants, provides career opportunity information, counsels prospective candidates in the application and selection procedures, and tracks applicants from application through selection.
The Human Resources Branch shall also be responsible for the administrative process related to agency personnel activities, personnel files retention and payroll records, and the issuing of personnel orders related to promotions, transfers, resignations, travel and disciplinary actions.
The Human Resources Branch is under the command of Amanda L Cloyd.
This branch is responsible for inspecting the agency's specific operational units and submitting reports concerning these inspection activities, to include identifying concerns within the unit, recommending plans of action, and following up on recommendations to assure appropriate resolution. The branch shall also be responsible for monitoring the inspection activities of all other organizational components of the agency by way of coordinating self-reports and self-evaluation procedures and time lines.
The Inspections/Evaluation Branch is under the command of Captain Bobby Murray.
Provides the Commissioner with the assistance necessary to discharge his implicit duties relating to the maintenance of good order and discipline within the agency, ensures that the police mission of the agency is executed within the constitutional limits imposed by the United States and the Commonwealth, and serves as a clearinghouse and central repository for disciplinary records of agency personnel.
The Internal Affairs Branch is under the command of Captain Curtis R. Hall.
Provides security for members of the Legislature and employees of the Legislative Research Commission.
The Legislative Security Branch is under the command of Lieutenant Jason A. Palmer.
This branch provides technical assistance to agency Public Affairs Officers, including agency crime prevention activities and shall function as liaison between headquarters and the media. The Public Affairs Branch shall be responsible for the development of current and future prevention and education strategies and programs to combat illegal drug activity.
The Public Affairs Branch is under the command of Lieutenant Michael B. Webb.
Responsible for headquarters copying services, mail services and maintenance services, as well as the process of storing real property records and property insurance files and coordinating new building construction, major renovations and space utilization analyses of agency facilities.
The Properties Management Branch is under the command of Captain Eric J. Walker.
Shall coordinate the officer selection procedures, identify potential applicants, provide career opportunity information, counsel prospective candidates in the application and selection procedures, and track applicants from application through selection.
The Recruitment Branch is under the command of Sgt. Brad M. Arterburn.
The Strategic Planning Branch serves as the agency's research and planning division and is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and revision of the Kentucky State Police Strategic Plan and Kentucky State Police Written Directives. The Branch also ensures the strategic plan of the agency is aligned with the needs of state government and closely synchronized with the goals of the Justice Cabinet.
The Strategic Planning Branch is under the command of Angela L. Parker.
Responsible for the acquisition, disposal, storage, maintenance and distribution of equipment and supplies and maintaining associated records necessary for agency operations.
The Supply Branch is under the command of Lt. Marshall Johnson.
The mission of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is to encourage and promote a safe driving environment through education and safety awareness while enforcing state and federal laws and regulations, placing special emphasis on commercial vehicles.
The Operations Division directs the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, investigates all reported complaints and criminal law violations and performs other functions deemed necessary for the protection of all citizens in the Commonwealth.
The West Troop is under the command of Major Jeremy V. Thompson. Commanders of the posts listed above report directly to the Commander of the West Troop.
The East Troop is under the command of Major Sean P. Welch. Commanders of the posts listed above report directly to the Commander of the East Troop.
The Special Enforcement Troop is responsible for directing the investigations of illegal drug trafficking and organized crime, to include white-collar, electronic and governmental incidents; coordinating the collection, analysis and dissemination of related intelligence; and maintaining liaison with other law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels.
Under the command of Major Jeremy C. Slinker, the Special Enforcement Troop is responsible for the coordination, management and supervision of the Cannabis Suppression, West Drug Enforcement Special Investigation, East Drug Enforcement Special Investigation, Aircraft Support, Vehicle Investigations and Special Operations Branches.
Responsible for providing specialized support to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the area of domestic cannabis eradication and suppression activities. In addition to the full-time duties and responsibilities involving the detection of indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivation, the Cannabis Suppression Branch will coordinate and supervise the activities of the seasonal marijuana eradication teams.
The Cannabis Suppression Branch is under the command of Lt. Brian D. Sumner.
Responsible for detecting, investigating and apprehending individuals who violate laws pertaining to illicit drugs and who attempt to divert legitimate drugs for illegal use. This branch will maintain liaison with other law enforcement agencies at local, state and federal levels and develop future strategies combating illegal drug activity within its geographical area.
The West Drug Special Investigation Enforcement Branch will be primarily responsible for these identified functions that occur within the geographic areas defined as: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5, Post 12, Post 15, and Post 16
The West Drug Special Investigation Enforcement Branch is under the command of Captain Sean L. McKinney.
Responsible for detecting, investigating and apprehending individuals who violate laws pertaining to illicit drugs and who attempt to divert legitimate drugs for illegal use. This branch will maintain liaison with other law enforcement agencies at local, state and federal levels, and develop future strategies combating illegal drug activity within its geographical area.
The East Drug Enforcement Special Investigation Branch will be primarily responsible for these identified functions that occur within the geographic areas defined as: Post 6, Post 7, Post 8, Post 9, Post 10, Post 11, Post 13 and Post 14.
The East Drug Enforcement Special Investigation Branch is under the command of Captain Darren S. Stapleton.
Responsible for the operation, maintenance, coordination and management of agency aircraft.
The Aircraft Support Branch is under the command of Captain Kevin S. Minor.
The Vehicle Investigations Branch is involved with major thefts of automobiles, construction equipment and watercraft. It performs confidential Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections for the Transportation Cabinet. It also provides instruction on identification of stolen vehicles to personnel with the Kentucky State Police and other agencies within and outside of the Commonwealth.
The Vehicle Investigation Branch is under the command of Sgt. Bobby Motley.
The Special Operations Branch provides specialized support and assistance to agency and local law enforcement components, and shall include the Special Response Team, as well as the Hazardous Devices/Materials and Canine Sections.
The Special Operations Branch is under the command of Captain Thomas A. Pyzik.
The Technical Services Division, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John M. Bradley is comprised of the following branches:
The Division of Forensic Services is responsible for coordinating and managing activities of the Central Laboratory, Eastern Laboratory, Jefferson Laboratory, Northern Laboratory, Southeast Laboratory, & Western Laboratory.
Each of the Branch Commanders within this division report directly to the Director of the Division of Forensic Services - Captain Derek R. Grant.
Conducts examinations of evidence submitted by this agency, and local agencies, in support of the state criminal justice system. The Central Laboratory Branch provides toxicology and drug analysis, trace analysis, forensic biology, DNA database, firearms identification, and the breath alcohol maintenance services. The Polygraph Section is contained within the Central Laboratory Branch and shall be responsible for administering polygraph examinations to applicants of the Kentucky State Police and, as needed, providing support to criminal investigations and internal administrative procedures.
Conducts examinations of evidence submitted by this agency, and local agencies, in support of the state criminal justice system. The Eastern Laboratory Branch provides Blood Alcohol, Solid Dose Drugs, Forensic Biology Casework Screening and Firearm/Tool-mark/Imprint Evidence services.
Conducts examinations of evidence submitted by this agency, and local agencies, in support of the state criminal justice system. The Jefferson Laboratory Branch provides Blood Alcohol, Solid Dose Drugs, Forensic Biology Casework Screening and Firearm/Tool-mark/Imprint Evidence services.
Conducts examinations of evidence submitted by this agency, and local agencies, in support of the state criminal justice system. The Northern Laboratory Branch provides Breath Alcohol Maintenance, Blood Alcohol, Solid Dose Drugs, Forensic Biology Casework Screening and Polygraph services.
Conducts examinations of evidence submitted by this agency, and local agencies, in support of the state criminal justice system. The Southeastern Laboratory Branch provides Breath Alcohol Maintenance, Blood Alcohol, Solid Dose Drugs and Polygraph services.
The Eastern, Northern and Southeast Laboratory Branches are under the command of Lieutenant Mike Smith.
Conducts examinations of evidence submitted by this agency, and local agencies, in support of the state criminal justice system. The Western Laboratory Branch provides Breath Alcohol Maintenance, Blood Alcohol, Solid Dose Drugs, Forensic Biology Casework Screening and Polygraph services.
The Central, Jefferson and Western Laboratory Branches are under the command of Lt. Mark Mayes.
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Kentucky State Police is Major Barry Shane Bates.
The CIO directs and coordinates the development and operation of computer-related systems for the agency; conducts cost analyses for computer hardware, software and vendor services; provides guidance for short and long-range planning for all technological-related needs and provides representation for the agency on various evaluation groups.
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) coordinates and manages activities of the Criminal Identification & Records Branch, as well as the Communications & Computer Technologies, Intelligence, and Headquarters Communications Center Branches
The Communications Branch shall be responsible for providing technical expertise for specifying, purchasing and maintaining communications system equipment; and for providing necessary training to telecommunications and officer personnel in the proper operation of radio equipment and other methods of computer communications.
The Computer Technologies Branch is responsible for inter-state and intra-state computerized communications; on-line inquiry into state and national stolen and wanted files by police agencies throughout the state; and other computer technology services for the agency.
Electronic Crimes Branch provides forensic-based computer examination and technical assistance in electronic crime investigations to other sections, posts, and law enforcement agencies.
The Electronic Crimes Branch is under the command of Lt. Jeremy Murrell
The Communications & Computer Technologies Branch is under the command of Captain Michael T. Kidd.
The Criminal Identification and Records Branch under the command of Cpt. Lawrence Newton, is responsible for the following:
911 This section processes E911 mapping data and inspects/maintains 911 related towers and equipment. AFIS – Automated Fingerprint Identification System This section monitors the health and status of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System including the minutia matchers, mugshot image database, and all LiveScan electronic capture devices. AFIS Administration designs workflow strategies to accommodate the searching of both applicant and criminal fingerprint submissions. Latent This AFIS section called Forensic Latent Print Laboratory conducts examinations of evidence submitted by KSP and local agencies for latent fingerprints, palm prints, and other ridge detail, and performs analysis, comparison, and evaluation of recovered latent prints to establish identification or exclusion of potential sources in accordance with recognized forensic standards of practice. AFIS laboratory personnel respond to crime scenes when requested to assist in the processing and recovery of evidence. Ten Print The AFIS Section called Ten Print Operations Unit performs identification of all persons arrested and fingerprinted in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and verifies quality of fingerprint cards before submission to federal authorities. Ten Print personnel also perform fingerprint searches in support of pre-employment background investigations, and provide fingerprinting services to job applicants and others. CCDW – Carry Concealed Deadly Weapons This section is tasked with issuing all Concealed Carry Licenses for the state of Kentucky. We process applications by mail from all 120 Sheriff’s offices and online at the Kentucky State Police homepage at CCDW Portal. CRD - Criminal Records Dissemination This section processes all name and fingerprint based background check requests for the state including background checks for weapons purchases. In addition, CRD processes all expungement orders received from the courts statewide. CRP - Criminal Records Processing This section maintains and updates the State Computerized Criminal History Repository, The unit updates the arrest records with the court conviction information to provide an accurate disposition on the State and FBI Criminal History Record. FARS – Fatality Analysis Reporting System This section collects data on all fatal traffic collisions occurring on Kentucky traffic ways. Data is acquired from several source documents such as Traffic Collision Reports, Toxicology Reports, Coroner Reports, Teletypes, and Death Certificates. GIS - Geographic Information Systems This section creates maps for statistical analysis, updates accurate 911 mailing addresses to mapping software and deploys teams to confirm the accuracy of the address points in the field. Grants This section coordinates federal and state grant awards including research of funding sources, proposal ideas, writing and submission of applications and administration of the grant programs. Provides oversight and monitoring of grant funding as well as the grant funded projects. Link/Audit This section is responsible for ensuring compliance with local, state and federal statutes, regulations and guidelines while auditing agencies that access systems within the Criminal Justice Information Services network which includes NCIC (National Crime Information Center), AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Information System), UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) and NIBRS (National Incidents based Reporting System). SEC - Stats, E-Warrants and Collision This section processes all statistical requests statewide, administration for eWarrants and KyOPS, and Level 1-2 technical support regarding crash reports and the KyOPS system. SOR – Sex Offender Registry This section provides sex offender information on a pubic website to promote public safety and awareness. The Kentucky State Police manages the SOR for the state of Kentucky. The SOR Unit collects addresses, internet communications addresses, and updated photographs of offenders that have been convicted of an offense that requires registration. UCR - Uniform Crime Reporting This section’s responsibilities include the collection of KY criminal offense data for State and Federal reporting requirements, training and support services for law enforcement on crime reporting guidelines and systems of crime reporting, data entry of uniform citations, acting as the NIBRS liaison between KY law enforcement and the FBI, processing law enforcement requests for KSP archived records, coordinating with the Administrative Office of the Courts to create and obsolete violation codes based on legislative changes, and the annual publication of the criminal statistical book, Crime in Kentucky.
Responsible for coordinating the limited radio communications for Headquarters Staff, Specialized Units, and other agency users when necessary, and acting as the state control terminal for the appropriate entry and dissemination for LINK/NLETS messages and entries. The Headquarters Communications Branch shall also notify the command staff of any critical incidents or requests for services that may need their approval and any matters pertaining to Homeland Security.
The Headquarters Communications Branch is under the direction of Ms. Leslie Anderson.
Responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence information in an orderly manner; maintaining custody of the intelligence files; and entering into formal security agreements with other law enforcement agencies concerning the exchange of intelligence information. This Branch shall also be responsible for examining motor vehicle documents and providing motor vehicle data to all law enforcement agencies on request.
The Intelligence Branch is under the Acting Commander of Lieutenant Jeremy E. Murrell.