Kentucky State Police

5:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Debate Police Militarization, Legislative Fix Uncertain

Jeffersontown police chief Rick Sanders (left), Dr. Pete Kraska (right) of EKU
Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT—State lawmakers are expressing concern over the increasing militarization of local police departments in Kentucky and across the U.S., but legislative options to stem the unmitigated flow of military surplus gear to law enforcement agencies are unclear.

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4:43 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Kentucky Police Get Guns, Aircraft—and Socks—From Military Surplus Program

Members of the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team
Credit KSP

Since 2006, Kentucky law enforcement agencies have received armored cars, aircraft, automatic weapons and more from a U.S. military equipment transfer program that has come under fire in the wake of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Data, obtained from the Pentagon by The New York Times, identifies transfers of surplus military equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense's "1033 program,” which funnels surplus gear to state and local police departments, to 90 of Kentucky's 120 counties.

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5:44 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Louisville Metro Police officer Barron Morgan
Credit Louisville Metro Police

The Louisville Metro Police Department has settled a whistleblower lawsuit from an officer who alleged he was retaliated against for helping a woman whose conviction followed a Kentucky State Police investigation that's been called into question.

The lawsuit—filed initially by one-time narcotics detective Barron Morgan and later joined by Lt. Richard Pearson—also alleged that the state police trooper who led that investigation lied under oath, tampered with evidence and intimidated a witness to maintain the questionable conviction.

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7:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky State Trooper Commissioner: Budget Cuts Have Led to Staff Shortage

Rodney Brewer
Credit Kentucky State Police

FRANKFORT — Kentucky's top state trooper says his agency is suffering from a shortage in staff.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told a state House committee that years of flatlining budgets and a proposed 2.5 percent cut under Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest spending plan have put a squeeze on the agency.

Brewer says expenses in employee retirement, healthcare costs and fleet maintenance have led to layoffs.

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4:25 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Nine Dead in Muhlenberg Co. House Fire; Cause Ruled Accidental

Lisa Autry

Investigators say a malfunctioning electric baseboard heater caused an early morning fire in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky early today that claimed the lives of nine family members, eight of them children.

The blaze broke out around 2:00am at a home in the small town of Depoy, just outside of Greenville.

It claimed the lives of 36 year old LaRae Watson and eight of her nine children, ages four to fifteen.

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7:07 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Kentucky State Police's 'Black Friday' Drug Operation Falls Short of Goal

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer
Credit Kentucky State Police

A Kentucky State Police operation to apprehend a record number of drug traffickers has fallen short of its goal.

Touted in a press release as having arrested 479 targeted drug traffickers, news outlets across Kentucky ran with the numbers even though “Operation Black Friday” has arrested just 339 suspects.

Trooper Paul Blanton explains the miscommunication.

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1:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Kentucky ACLU Criticizes Large-Scale Police Targeting of 'Low Level' Drug Suspects

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer
Credit Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police embarked Friday on what officials are calling “the largest one-day drug round-up in agency history"—but the state ACLU suggests that the busts are misguided.

Dubbed “Operation Black Friday,” state police were targeting nearly 500 people were being  targeted for arrest across the state on charges mostly related to drug trafficking, KSP spokesman Sgt. Richard Saint-Blancard said.

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2:13 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Stumbo Refers LRC Chief Robert Sherman's Doc Shredding to Kentucky State Police

Robert Sherman
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A Republican Kentucky House leader is calling for Kentucky State Police to be brought in to investigate document shredding by Robert Sherman following his resignation Friday as director of the Legislative Research Commission. 

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3:44 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Months After Fatal Ambush, Resolve Still Strong to Find Bardstown Officer's Killer

Photos of slain Officer Jason Ellis are a common sight on Bardstown storefronts.
Rick Howlett

It’s been just over three months since the ambush shooting death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. 

The 33-year-old lawman was attacked while on his way home from work on the Memorial Day weekend.

Police say they have not identified any suspects but continue to follow up on leads.  

As the days pass without an arrest, many are working to keep the case fresh in people’s minds.

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3:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Investigators of Bardstown Officer Slaying Seek Information on Tree Work

Officer Jason Ellis
Bardstown Police Department

Investigators looking for the killer of a Bardstown police officer are asking Nelson County-area residents to contact them if they had tree work done around the time of the ambush.

Officer Jason Ellis was shot to death during the early morning hours of May 25 after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on a highway exit ramp in Nelson County.

Police won't describe the debris on the ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway.

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