|Kentucky State Police|
|Motto||The Thin Gray Line|
|Formed||June 1, 1948|
|Employees||1,713 (as of 2004)|
|Annual budget||$227 million|
|Operations jurisdiction||Kentucky, USA|
|Kentucky State Police Post map|
|Size||40,434 square miles (104,720 km2)|
|Population||4,241,474 (2007 est.)|
|Legal jurisdiction||As per operations jurisdiction|
|General nature||o Local civilian agency|
|Headquarters||919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601|
|Troopers||866 (as of 11 August 2017)|
|Civilians||777 (as of 2004)|
|Parent agency||Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet|
West and East Drug Enforcement
Critical Incident Response Team
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is a department of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and the official State Police force of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, responsible for statewide law enforcement. The department was founded in 1948 and replaced the Kentucky Highway Patrol. The department's sworn personnel hold the title State Troopers and are addressed as Trooper (with the exception of sworn Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Facilities Security Branch personnel, both of which hold the title and are addressed as Officer) and its nickname is The Thin Gray Line.
In 1948, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted the State Police Act, creating the Kentucky State Police and making Kentucky 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 Indiana State Police. The force was the successor agency to the Kentucky Highway Patrol, and inherited the equipment and officers from that organization. Guthrie F. Crowe served as the force's first commissioner.
Kentucky State Police troopers operate from 16 regional posts:
The KSP Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement operates from 6 regional offices:
In addition, the Special Enforcement Troop includes the following branches:
Troopers wear the standard French gray KSP uniform, consisting of a short sleeve and long sleeve version. Winter trousers are charcoal gray with a 1" black stripe down the side. Summer trousers are French gray with 1" black stripe. Patent leather chukka high top shoes are worn with both uniforms. 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. KSP requires a tie with long sleeve shirts, and the tie is to be tucked into the uniform shirt. The 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. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers uniforms are identical to that of Troopers except that the uniform and campaign hats are tan instead of French gray. Facilities Security Branch uniforms are also tan but have a special Facilities Security Branch shoulder patch instead of the standard KSP shoulder patch.
The Kentucky State Police use a variety of police cruisers and patrol vehicles. The current fleet consists of:
The Dodge Charger 5.7L AWD PPV currently serves as the primary KSP fleet vehicle. Due to Ford's discontinuation of the CVPI in 2011 KSP tested a series of vehicles to replace the CVPI between 2012 and 2013. These tests included the Chevy Caprice PPV, Ford Taurus, and Dodge Charger PPV. The KSP Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement currently utilize the Ford Explorer Utility Police Interceptor as they retire their fleet of CVPI's and Chevrolet Caprice PPV's. The KSP Facilities Security Branch will replace their CVPI's with Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptors.
In 2017 Troopers transitioned from the Glock Model 35 .40 S&W to the Glock Model 17 9mm as their primary sidearm. Prior to the Glock Model 35 troopers carried the 10mm Smith & Wesson Model 1076 (Model 1076 was used).
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 at 380 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. Cadets training to become troopers undergo a 24-week, paramilitary-style training program. Potential cadets who hold their Kentucky Peace Officers Professional Standards (POPS) certification and have two years of experience as a local, county or state (including Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers and Conservation Officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources) law enforcement officer in Kentucky are eligible to apply to become troopers through the department's Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP). Those accepted as LEAP cadets must meet all of the other requirements for acceptance into the KSP Academy and undergo an accelerated 12-week academy training class. Sworn Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers undergo an initial 18 weeks of basic law enforcement officer training at the Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond unless they have already completed this training at an earlier date. This is followed by a four-week training program at the KSP Academy that provides specialized training on commercial vehicle compliance and highway safety. After graduation, probationary troopers & CVE officers must complete field training under the supervision of a training trooper/officer at their assigned post (troopers) or region (CVE officers). Officers with the KSP Facilities Security Branch must meet the requirements for and receive a Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) commission under KRS 61.900-930 as well as undergo specialized training, including firearms training. KSP telecommunicators (dispatchers) must complete a six-week training program at the KSP Academy.
The KSP operates the state's system of regional crime labs. In addition, the KSP Facilities Security Branch, 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.
On February 15, 2017, Commissioner Rick Sanders announced the formation of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). Experienced KSP detectives from throughout the Commonwealth were chosen to investigate Officer Involved Shootings (OIS) as well as Critical Incidents that involved Police or Corrections agencies.
This section needs to be updated.(June 2017)
Since the establishment of the Kentucky State Police, 28 troopers and 1 commercial vehicle enforcement officer (who was killed prior to CVE's merger with KSP) have died while on duty. In addition, six Kentucky Highway Patrol officers died prior to the establishment of the KSP.
|Rank||Name||Date of Death||Cause of Death||Age||Location|
|Trooper||Harold J. Toll||11-14-1948||Killed in a car crash while en route to an assistance call||34||Anderson County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Robert Ranaker Miller||02-14-1951||Killed in a car crash while en route to an assistance call||23||Boone County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Lee Trebu Huffman||05-19-1953||Struck and killed after exiting his vehicle to render aid to car crash victims||27||Hardin County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Herbert C. Bush||10-11-1958||Killed in a car crash while chasing a suspect||27||Lincoln County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||William Everett Tevis||05-26-1963||Shot and killed while off-duty and riding with another Trooper; they arrested a husband and wife, the wife then slipped her husband a pistol and he shot Tevis||26||N/A|
|Trooper||Cecil Walter Uzzle||05-28-1964||Killed along with Trooper Elmer Mobley, Jr. when they hit large rocks in the roadway from a rockslide while en route to a call during heavy fog and rain||28||Pike County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Elmer Mobley, Jr.||05-28-1964||Killed along with Trooper Cecil Walter Uzzle when they hit large rocks in the roadway from a rockslide while en route to a call during heavy fog and rain||33||Pike County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Delano G. Powell||07-08-1965||Shot and killed after responding to a man shooting a shotgun at a residence; the man shot him as he got out of the car and wounded another Trooper and Breathitt County Deputy||28||Breathitt County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Mack Edward Brady||11-09-1966||Killed after being hit head-on by a car in his lane while en route to an assistance call||40||Henderson County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||William Harrel Barrett||12-19-1971||Shot and killed by ambush after arriving at his house at the end of his shift||35||Morehead Trailer Park off Russellville Road in Rockfield, Kentucky|
|Trooper||James Willard McNeely||04-08-1972||Killed along with Kentucky Water Patrol Officer David Childs while searching for 2 juveniles in a flood; they drowned after their boat went over a dam||37||Kentucky River in Frankfort, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Walter Orville Thurtell||11-29-1972||Killed in a car crash while responding to an assistance call||42||Logan County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Joe Ward, Jr.||04-23-1973||Struck and killed by another car while working a crash scene during foggy conditions||25||Hopkins County, Kentucky|
|Lieutenant||William Carter Smith||04-26-1973||Died from gunshot injuries sustained on 11-10-1972 while trying to arrest a murder suspect||45||Warren County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||John Wayne Hutchinson||06-04-1975||Shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest||29||McCreary County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Bobby Allen McCoun, Jr.||11-01-1975||Accidentally shot and killed by a fellow Trooper||23||Pikeville City Jail|
|Trooper||William Francis Pickard||01-21-1976||Shot and killed while serving a warrant with Hodgensville PD||26||LaRue County, Kentucky|
|Lieutenant||Willis Durwood Martin||04-26-1977||Killed after his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver||44||N/A|
|Trooper||Clinton Eugene "Clint" Cunningham||02-11-1979||Shot and killed by an ambush while investigating a burglary||29||Franklin County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Edward Ray Harris||11-07-1979||Shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest||29||LaRue County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Jerome Scott "Butch" Clifton||10-01-1980||Died from a gunshot wound to the leg sustained 2 weeks earlier on 11-19-1980 while saving hostages from a gunman||30||Pike County, Kentucky|
|Detective||Darrell Vendl Phelps||08-07-1981||Shot and killed while he and another officer moved through a marijuana field||34||Edmondson County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Johnny Montague Edrington||12-21-1988||Shot and killed with his own pistol while on a traffic stop||34||On Highway 80, approx. 7 miles west of London, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Johnny Gordon Adkins||11-24-1995||Suffered a heart attack while arresting a suspect on 11-21-1995; he went to a doctor for a checkup and was told he was healthy enough to work, but suffered a fatal one on 11-24-1995 while responding to a domestic disturbance call||37||N/A|
|Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer||Jason Wayne Cammack||04-23-2000||Killed in a single vehicle accident while crossing the interstate median and hitting a stone wall during a pursuit||26||On I-64 in Woodford County, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Jonathan Kyle Leonard||12-19-2006||Killed in a car crash on U.S. 119 while responding to a domestic disturbance call||28||Pike County, Georgia|
|Trooper||Anson Blake Tribby||01-22-2013||Killed after arriving on scene of a vehicle fire and rear-ending a tow truck||25||On I-64 near Winchester, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Eric Keith Chrisman||06-23-2015||Killed while responding to a reckless driver call; he took a turn too fast and hit a tractor trailer head-on||23||On U.S. Route 64 near the Tennessee River Bridge in Livingston County|
|Sergeant||David Ray Gibbs||08-07-2015||Killed when his car crossed the center line during the rain and hit a car head-on; he was en route to escort his grandmother's funeral||42||On Highway 210 near Buffalo, Kentucky|
|Trooper||Joseph Cameron Ponder||11-13-2015||Shot and killed after a 9-mile pursuit ended in a crash, the suspect got out and shot Ponder||31||On I-24 near Lamasco, Kentucky|