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Trooper Kendra Wilson
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 12, Frankfort
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KSP Post 12 Activity Report 2008

Date of News Release: 01/06/2009

(Frankfort, KY) - The Kentucky State Police Post in Frankfort is reporting a summary of 2008 activities. Theses area of interest includes calls for services, criminal investigations, arrests, collisions, fatalities and traffic enforcement. The Post activity for 2008 shows an increase of police services from 2007 to 2008.

In 2008, Post 12 trooper and detectives responded to 10,890 calls for service. There was a slight increase in calls for services compared to 2007. In 2007, there were 10,724 calls for services.

Post 12 Troopers and Detectives initiated 866 criminal investigations in 2008. In the same time period in 2007, there were 758 criminal investigations. Theses investigation along with other misdemeanor, felony and traffic arrest led to an increase of 805 more criminal arrest in 2008. In 2007, there were 2,621 arrests and in 2008, there were 3,426 arrests.

Capt. Mike Crawford, Commander of Post 12, attributed the increase in arrests as our assurance to the citizens of this Commonwealth we are committed to reducing and preventing crime in our neighborhoods. While we all are experiencing tough financial times our Troopers are committed to the mission of contributing to the creation of safe communities by initiating efforts to reduce and prevent crime in rural Kentucky.

In 2008, Post 12 trooper investigated 699 injury and non-injury collisions in the Post area. In the same time period in 2007 trooper investigated 634. Preliminary statistics* indicate there was an increase in fatalities within the Post area in 2008. From 2007 to 2008 fatalities increased by 14 in the Post area. From to 2006 to 2007 there were 10 less fatalities within the seven counties in the Post 12 area.

The largest increases in fatalities occurred in Fayette County. In 2008, there were 32 fatal collisions, 10 more fatal collisions for the same time period in 2007. In 2007, there were 22 fatal collisions in Fayette County.

The second largest increases in fatalities occurred in Woodford County. In 2008, there were 12 fatal collisions, 9 more fatal collisions for the same time period in 2007. In 2007, there were only 3 fatal collisions in Woodford County.

The Post area saw a decrease in fatal collisions in Scott, Shelby and Spencer Counties. (See the Fatally for 2008 in Post 12-Counties Press release for more information).

Capt. Mike Crawford, Commander of Post 12, stated while the Commonwealth as a whole saw a decrease in fatalities these locations which increased is not acceptable. Ensuring all occupants are properly restrained and paying attention while driving are two things every driver can do to reduce their chances of serious injury or death while driving. Seatbelts will reduce injuries in a crash, but not necessarily the collision rate. While manpower remains an issue, the Kentucky State Police is committed to placing Troopers in high crash and crime locations to curtail criminal activity and the likelihood of crashes.

Capt. Mike Crawford, Commander of Post 12 stated the fact that the number of total collisions were down in indicative of the positive impact of aggressive traffic enforcement.

Aggressive traffic enforcement was a priority for Post 12 in 2008.

Post 12 troopers issued 29,457 citations in 2008 including 10,238 for speeding, 2,903 seat belt violations, 114 for child restraint violations and 520 driving under the influence arrest.

Post 12 troopers issued 21,096 citations in 2007 including 6,219 for speeding, 3,024 seat belt violations, 93 for child restraint violations and 434 driving under the influence arrest.

Post 12 troopers and detectives assisted 2,932 motorists broken down on Kentucky roadway in the Post 12 area in 2008.

Direct contact and visibility of patrol officers are important factors in the decreased crash rates. While Capt. Crawford said he is proud of the efforts of his staff, challenges still lie ahead. "We still have a lot of work to do. Even though we saw a reduction of total crashes, our overall fatalities were too high. In the coming year we will be partnering with local agencies in these high fatal crash counties to enforce the motor vehicle and licensing laws and to arrest those who seek to drive illegally on a daily basis.

Crawford asks the public to call the KSP at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) to report any situation which endangers others, especially speeding, aggressive driving or suspected impaired drivers.

The Frankfort Post provides police coverage for Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Scott, Shelby, Spencer and Woodford counties.

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