Kentucky State Police marks 60th year Tuesday

Herald-Leader Staff Report

The Kentucky State Police, an agency formed to respond to post-war increases in traffic problems and crime, is celebrating its 60th anniversary Tuesday.

On July 1, 1948, then-Gov. Earl C. Clements signed a law that created the Kentucky State Police. Kentucky was the 38th state to pass a State Police Act, which gave the agency jurisdiction throughout the state, except in cities with 1,000 residents or more.

The population restriction ended in 1976.

“The successes of the Kentucky State Police are many, and observance of its 60th anniversary is a tribute to all of the past and present employees,” Commissioner Rodney Brewer said in a news release.

Highway patrol was one of the agency’s first missions under Guthrie Crowe, an attorney and former police judge from La Grange. Crowe was the first state police commissioner.

But equipment was scarce. A July 1, 1948, inventory showed the agency had 96 automobiles, and 45 had two-way radios.

The agency has expanded to16 posts and 961 troopers.

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