Kentucky State Police commissioner says that he needs 262 additional troopers

02/13/2018 02:18 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders says that he needs to increase the number of troopers that he has from its current number of 838 to 1,100 to effectively protect the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Sanders told members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety, and Judiciary that in addition to adding 262 troopers to the payroll, he also needs to increase compensation for support personnel, including low paid forensic examiners.

“We’re looking for stipends for our dispatchers and for our chemists who work in our lab,” Sanders said. “We have six labs; we process every piece of evidence that’s actually collected throughout the commonwealth. They do a tremendous job, but we’re losing them daily to other agencies that pay higher.”

KSP is in line to get a new radio dispatch system to replace the current antiquated one, but Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley that the agency has many more needs which must be addressed.

“We do have money for cars and guns, and let me be clear, we’re not trying to outfit them with the latest and greatest, although we are, they’re using now Vietnam-era war rifles on loan from the military, so we’re just asking to get to the professional agency that we need to be again,” Tilley said.

Gov. Matt Bevin called for $12 million to be in the budget for the next biennium to fund improvements for KSP, but somehow, by mistake, that did not make it into the governor’s final proposal.

“This year he recognized the need for cars and rifles and during his State of the Commonwealth, he said I’m placing money in the budget to get new cars and rifles,” Sanders said. “But it was a misstep somewhere where that did not make its way in the budget which was presented here.”

Tilley is confident that the error will be corrected by the General Assembly and the funds will be restored to KSP.

“I have tremendous faith that it will because there’s been an overwhelming response as we’ve been talking with legislators about this incredible need,” Tilley said.


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