Kentucky State Police

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Kentucky State Police
Abbreviation KSP
Kentucky State Police patch.jpg
Patch of the Kentucky State Police.
Agency overview
Formed 1948
Preceding agency Kentucky Highway Patrol
Employees 1,713 (as of 2004)[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Commonwealth of Kentucky, USA
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Kentucky State Police Post map
Size 40,434 square miles (104,720 km2)
Population 4,241,474 (2007 est.)[2]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Troopers 936 (as of 2004)[1]
Civilians 777 (as of 2004)[1]
Agency executive Colonel Rodney Brewer, Commissioner
Parent agency Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Special Units Special Operations
West and East Drug Enforcement
Cannabis Suppression
Aircraft Support
Vehicle Investigations
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Facilities
Posts 16
Website
http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is a department of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The department was founded in 1948 and replaced the Kentucky Highway Patrol. The department's officers are called and addressed as State Troopers and its nickname is The Thin Gray Line.[3]

History[edit]

In 1948, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted the State Police Act, creating the Kentucky State Police force, and making it the 38th state to create a force whose jurisdiction extends throughout the given state. The act was signed July 1 of that year by Governor Earle C. Clements. The force was modeled after the Pennsylvania State Police. In training, KSP cadets are reminded of the familial ties to the PSP and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The force was an outgrowth of the Kentucky Highway Patrol, and inherited the equipment and officers from that organization.[4] Guthrie F. Crowe served as the force's first commissioner.[5]

Posts[edit]

The Kentucky State Police operate from 16 regional posts:[6]

West Troop

East Troop

In addition, the Special Enforcement Troop includes the following branches:

  • Cannabis Suppression
  • West Drug Enforcement
  • East Drug Enforcement
  • Aircraft Support
  • Vehicle Investigations
  • Special Operations

Organization[edit]

Uniforms of the KSP[edit]

Cadets and road troopers wear the standard French gray KSP uniform, consisting of a short sleeve and long sleeve Blauer button down shirt, charcoal gray trousers with a 1" black stripe down the side, and patent leather chukka high top shoes. The badge is worn on the left side of the shirt, with the Trooper's name plate directly below on the left breast pocket flap. Officers wear their rank insignia on the shirt collar while all other troopers wear their rank, if applicable, on their shirt sleeves. A white crew neck t shirt is worn under the uniform shirt, per Kentucky uniform regulations. Unlike other police forces, the KSP requires a tie with long sleeve shirts, and the tie is to be tucked into the uniform shirt. The Stetson Campaign hat is synonymous with troopers of the KSP. It is French gray in color, and troopers are issued two hats: straw for summer and felt for winter. A Kentucky State Police full color brass seal is worn on the front of the hat. The hat chord is light gray.

Vehicles[edit]

The Kentucky State Police use a variety of police cruisers and patrol vehicles. The current fleet consists of:

The CVPI currently serves as the primary KSP fleet vehicle. Due to Ford's discontinuation of the CVPI in 2011 and as the CVPI fleet is retired, the Charger will become the primary road and patrol fleet vehicle for troopers. The KSP Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement will switch to Chevrolet Tahoes, Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SSV's, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV's as they retire their CVPI's . The KSP Capitol Police Division (Facilities Security) will replace their CVPI's with Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptors.

Overview[edit]

The department's headquarters are located at 919 Versailles Road in Frankfort while its training academy is located in the former Frankfort Career Development Center on Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. Recruits undergo a 23 week, paramilitary-style training program. After graduation, probationary troopers must complete field training under the supervision of a training trooper at their assigned post. Rather than trooper basic training in Frankfort, sworn Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers undergo an 18 week basic training program at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Center at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky (the same basic training that municipal police officers and sheriff's deputies undergo), followed by specialized training on commercial vehicle enforcement.

The KSP operates the state's system of regional crime labs and the KSP Capital Police (Facilities Security) division, along with specially assigned state troopers, is responsible for protecting the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, members of the Kentucky General Assembly and state property, including the Kentucky State Capitol Complex.[3]

On July 14, 2008, the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement department, which is responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement, became an operational division of the KSP.[7]

The department also operates Trooper Island Camp, a juvenile crime prevention program at Dale Hollow Lake State Park.[5]

Structure[edit]

  • Commissioner of the State Police
    • Executive Security Branch
    • Legal Office
    • Administration Division
      • Programs
        • Drivers Testing Branch
        • Facilities Security Branch
        • Financial and Grant Management Branch
        • Highway Safety Branch
        • Inspections and Evaluation Section
        • Legislative Security Branch
        • Media Relations Branch
        • Strategic Planning Branch
      • Internal Operations
        • Academy Branch
        • Human Resources Branch
        • Internal Affairs Branch
        • Properties Management and Supply Branch
        • Recruitment Branch
    • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division
      • West Troop
        • Region 1
        • Region 2
        • Region 3
      • East Troop
        • Region 4
        • Region 5
        • Region 6
    • Operations Division
      • West Troop
        • Post 1
        • Post 2
        • Post 3
        • Post 4
        • Post 5
        • Post 12
        • Post 15
        • Post 16
      • East Troop
        • Post 6
        • Post 7
        • Post 8
        • Post 9
        • Post 10
        • Post 11
        • Post 13
        • Post 14
      • Special Enforcement Troop
        • Cannabis Suppression
        • West Drug Enforcement
        • East Drug Enforcement
        • Aircraft Support
        • Vehicle Investigations
        • Special Operations
    • Technical Services Division
      • Forensic Division
      • Office of the Chief Information Officer
        • Communications and Computer Technologies Branch
        • Criminal Identification and Records Branch
        • Headquarters Communications Branch
        • Intelligence Branch

Demographics[8][edit]

  • Male: 97%
  • Female: 3%
  • White: 96%
  • African-American/Black: 3%
  • Asian: 1%

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c USDOJ Statistics
  2. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/states/NST-ann-est.html 2007 Population Estimates
  3. ^ a b "History of the Kentucky State Police". Kentucky State Police. Retrieved July 19, 2007. 
  4. ^ "History of the Kentucky State Police". Kentucky State Police. Retrieved February 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Kentucky State Police". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. 
  6. ^ "Kentucky State Police Posts". Kentucky State Police. Retrieved February 1, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement to become a division of KSP". Office of Communications of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  8. ^ http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/lemas00.pdf U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers

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