Kentucky State Police

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919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(800) 222-5555
Commissioner Richard W. Sanders

About

The Kentucky State Police has an authorized strength of 936 personnel and currently serves a population of approximately 4,314,113.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is a department of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The department was founded in 1948 and replaced the Kentucky Highway Patrol. The department's officers are called troopers and its nickname is The Thin Gray Line.

In 1948, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted the State Police Act, creating the Kentucky State Police force, and making it 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 an outgrowth of the Kentucky Highway Patrol, and inherited the equipment and officers from that organization. Guthrie F. Crowe served as the force's first commissioner.

The department's headquarters and training academy are located in Frankfort. Recruits undergo a 22 week, paramilitary-style training program. After graduation, probationary troopers must complete field training under the supervision of a training trooper.

Fallen Heroes

29 Heroes have given their lives in the line of duty during the history of the Kentucky State Police.

Photo of Joseph Cameron Ponder
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Sun, Sep 13th, 2015
Photo of Eric Keith Chrisman
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident
Tue, Jun 23rd, 2015
Photo of Anson Blake Tribby
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident
Tue, Jan 22nd, 2013
Photo of Jonathan K. Leonard
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident
Tue, Dec 19th, 2006
Photo of Johnny Gordon Adkins
Kentucky State Police
Heart Attack
Fri, Nov 24th, 1995
Photo of Johnny Montague Edrington
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Wed, Dec 21st, 1988
Photo of Darrell Vendl Phelps
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Fri, Aug 7th, 1981
Photo of Jerome Scott Clifton
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Wed, Oct 1st, 1980
Photo of Edward Ray Harris
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Wed, Nov 7th, 1979
Photo of Clinton "Clint" Eugene Cunningham
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Sun, Feb 11th, 1979
Photo of Willis Durwood Martin
Kentucky State Police
Vehicular Assault
Tue, Apr 26th, 1977
Photo of William Francis Pickard
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Wed, Jan 21st, 1976
Photo of Bobby Allen McCoun Jr.
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Accidental)
Mon, Sep 1st, 1975
Photo of John Wayne Hutchinson
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Wed, Jun 4th, 1975
Photo of William Carter Smith
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Thu, Apr 26th, 1973
Photo of Joe Ward Jr.
Trooper
Joe Ward Jr.
Kentucky State Police
Struck By Vehicle (Accidental)
Mon, Apr 23rd, 1973
Photo of Walter Orville Thurtell
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Fri, Sep 29th, 1972
Photo of David Thomas Childs
Patrol Officer
David Thomas Childs
Kentucky State Police
Drowning (Accidental)
Sat, Apr 8th, 1972
Photo of James Willard McNeely
Kentucky State Police
Drowning (Accidental)
Sat, Apr 8th, 1972
Photo of William Harrel Barrett
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Sun, Dec 19th, 1971
Photo of Mack Edward Brady
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Wed, Nov 9th, 1966
Photo of Delano G. Powell
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Thu, Jul 8th, 1965
Photo of Elmer Mobley Jr.
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Thu, May 28th, 1964
Photo of Cecil Walter Uzzle
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Thu, May 28th, 1964
Photo of William Everett Tevis
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Sun, May 26th, 1963
Photo of Herbert C. Bush
Trooper
Herbert C. Bush
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident
Sat, Oct 11th, 1958
Photo of Lee Trebu Huffman
Kentucky State Police
Struck By Vehicle (Accidental)
Tue, May 19th, 1953
Photo of Robert Renaker Miller
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Wed, Feb 14th, 1951
Photo of Harold J. Toll
Trooper
Harold J. Toll
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sun, Nov 14th, 1948