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.
The first commissioner was
Guthrie Crowe, an attorney from the city of LaGrange.
The first pay raise for
troopers came six months after the department was created. Pay for
troopers went from $130 to $150 per month.
Qualifications for trooper were established and the first training school was set up lasting
The first piece of laboratory equipment -- a comparison microscope was purchased for
The gray uniform was designed and still resembles the one worn by the