Kentucky Highway Patrol
Kentucky Highway Patrol was founded in 1936 when the Division of Highway Patrol was created as a part of the Kentucky State Highway Department. The Highway Patrol began with 40 officers who enforced traffic laws on Kentucky roads. By 1948 the Kentucky Highway Patrol had 200 officers.
On July 1, 1948, the Kentucky Highway Patrol was abolished due to the passage of the State Police Act, which was promoted by Governor Earle C. Clements. The Kentucky Highway Patrol was replaced by the Kentucky State Police, a new agency whose officers had full police powers, not limited to traffic laws. The new Kentucky State Police inherited the officers and equipment of the Kentucky Highway Patrol.
Six officers died in the line of duty during the Kentucky Highway Patrol's 12-year history.
|Rank and name||Date||Details|
|Patrolman James Powell Hays||Saturday, December 21, 1935||Gunfire|
|Patrolman Robert Rowland||Sunday, December 22, 1935||Gunfire|
|Captain Vernon C. Snellen||Saturday, February 20, 1937||Automobile accident|
|Patrolman Mose Hurt Littrell||Monday, March 14, 1938||Gunfire|
|Patrolman Houston Greene||Thursday, May 18, 1944||Gunfire|
|Patrolman Vadas G. Richardson||Saturday, October 7, 1944||Gunfire|
- "History of the Kentucky State Police". Kentucky State Police. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
- 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.
- The Police Blue Book 1939-40 (PDF). International Association of Chiefs of Police. 1939. p. 72 – via archive.org.
- "Kentucky Highway Patrol, KY". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). Retrieved 2016-09-30.
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