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.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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  • Honest Parley wrote on February 14, 2018 10:33 AM :

    The Kentucky State Police should be audited as soon as possible. The financial management in the agency, under the direction of Financial Officer Chad White, is worthy of independent investigation. According to personnel within KSP, funds have been allegedly used on a regular basis for purposes other than those for which they were intended. The agency receives close to $100 million in state Road Fund dollars, while their activities in regulation of commercial trucking firms are drastically curtailed, our highways become less safe, and the “good actor” trucking firms are penalized by the allowance of bad actors on Kentucky’s highways. Before increasing appropriation to this critically important state agency, the financial management practices of the Kentucky State Police are worthy of the APA’s attention, provided there is courage enough to take on this difficult task.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on February 20, 2018 10:21 AM :

    It’s a little known fact they also don’t serve almost 40% of state, refusing to help or serve the citizens in the most populated counties. No other state police force does that in America.

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