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History of the Kentucky State Police

n February of 1948, Kentucky became the 38th state to enact a State Police Act. This act was conceived by then Governor Earl C. Clements who saw the need for supplementing the sheriffs and local police departments with a statewide law enforcement agency, complete with full powers of arrest that went beyond the limits of any particular city or county.

Consequently, on July 1st of that year, the governor got his wish and signed the bill that created the Kentucky State Police.

The new department inherited the men and equipment of its predecessor agency, the Kentucky Highway Patrol. Just 12 years earlier, that agency was formed with just 40 officers. By the time it evolved into a full service police agency it had grown to 200 officers. Today the number of troopers has reached 1,000.

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