Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Kentucky State Police Celebrates 57th Birthday July 1st
Date of Release: 07/01/05
(Frankfort, KY) - The Kentucky State Police is proudly celebrating its 57th birthday, today, July 1, 2005. On July 1, 1948, Governor Earl C. Clements signed into law the Kentucky Statue creating the Department of State Police, abolishing the former Kentucky Highway Patrol. Crowe and his officers set out to establish the foundation of a force that would one day become the pride of every law-abiding Kentuckian.
Over the years, Kentucky State Police has continually progressed in terms of size and quality of service it provides. In its early days, it monitored motor vehicle traffic, chased moon shiners, busted up stills, shut down gambling operations and broke up prostitution rings.
"Today, Kentucky State Police has 16 posts and 953 troopers throughout the state. Its six regional crime labs provide a variety of forensic support to local law enforcement agencies," said Kentucky State Police Deputy Commissioner Rick Stiltner. "Its duties have expanded to include the protection of state government executive and legislative branch leaders, government facilities security, drug interdiction, marijuana eradication, arson investigation, white collar and electronic crime, child sexual abuse cases, anti-terrorism and special response teams."
According to Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller, "this observance of the beginnings and history of Kentucky State Police is a tribute to all of the past and present employees of the agency, especially the 23 troopers killed in the line of duty. We honor those who have gone before us and strive to live up to and continue their high level of dedication and commitment to the principles of public service and law enforcement. In doing this, we ourselves set an example for those to come and so "The Thin Gray Line" continues."