Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police Patch
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Patch
Kentucky Highway Patrol Patch
919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(800) 222-5555
Commissioner Rodney Brewer


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.

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Photo of William Everett Tevis
Kentucky State Police
Gunfire (Intentional)
Sun, May 26th, 1963
Photo of Herbert C. Bush
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
Harold J. Toll
Kentucky State Police
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sun, Nov 14th, 1948