TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Post 2 - 60th Anniversary Celebration
Date of News Release: 07/30/2008
Madisonville, KY - On July 30, 2008, the Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville held a 60th Anniversary Celebration at Post. Many retirees, local officials, family and news media attended the event. The celebration was in honor of the 60 years of service that the Kentucky State Police have provided to the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The roots of the Kentucky State Police can be found in its predecessor, the Kentucky Highway Patrol, which was created in 1936. On July 1, 1948,
Governor Earl C. Clements signed law that created the Kentucky State Police. With that law, Kentucky became the 38th state to pass a State Police Act, which gave the agency full jurisdiction and power of arrest throughout the state except in cities with 1,000 residents or more. This single restriction on the agency's border-to-border authority lasted until 1976.
Over the years, the Kentucky State Police has continually progressed in terms of size and quality of service it provides to the citizens of Kentucky. Despite the ever-changing challenges, the Kentucky State Police remains committed to the tried and true fundamentals of traditional police work that produce results.
The successes of the Kentucky State Police are many and the observance of its 60th anniversary is a tribute to all of the past and present employees of the agency, especially the 25 troopers killed in the line of duty.