State Police, Vehicle Enforcement To Merge

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Big changes are in the works for some of Kentucky’s finest. On Monday, Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement will merge with the Kentucky State Police.

But what does this mean for those officers and those they serve and protect?

Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers say most people will see no change.

Officers will wear the same uniforms and serve the community the same way they did before.

However, Governor Beshear says Monday’s move will save a lot of money.

Officers say most of the changes to their departments will be through their headquarters in Frankfort.

“Governor Beshear announced that the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement would be moving under the umbrella of the Kentucky State Police. We'll all have the same boss. We'll all report to the same commissioner,” says Captain Lisa Rudzinski of Kentucky State Police.

Captain Rudzinski says the people will not see any difference in the way KSP serves the community and she says their partnership with KVE has always been strong.

“We do work very closely with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. This basically takes out a number of administrative duplications. The Governor projects that it will save between 750,000 and a million dollars a year, which is a benefit to the tax payers,” says Captain Rudzinski.

“Overall, the strategy is to save tax payers dollars with cutting down on the number of administrative personnel with both agencies,” says Greg Reams of KVE.

Officer Reams says it makes sense to merge the two agencies. He hopes this will only help them with their main duty, to keep the community safe.

“There's not going to be a major change for Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. We will still be out on the highways enforcing commercial vehicle regulations and highway safety,” says Reams.

Governor Beshear also hopes this merge will help to expand hours of operation at some of the state's weigh station check points.

Governor Beshear says he does not anticipate any job cuts at this time, but a few positions may be reassigned.


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  • by Brad Location: Sizemore on Mar 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    I was intersted in now that the kve has merged with ksp if the recruiting requierments are going to be the same.
  • by Holly Location: Lexington on Jul 16, 2008 at 03:33 AM
    How would cutting our police agencies in half result in a safer Kentucky??? That's just plain stupid.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2008 at 02:15 PM
    the vehical enforment doesnt do their job on rt7 ,icg raven rt80 or rt23 they need to slow them down most are mostly high the truckers are. not narcotics
  • by Anonymous Location: Pikeville on Jul 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    How about giving these hard woking officers that risk their lives everyday a raise? They are under paid. I hope something can be worked out to benefit them.
  • by jason Location: hazard ky on Jul 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    I was wanting a job with kve, but now since there only going to do trucks....ha ha forget that!~
  • by MARGE Location: WILLIAMSBURG on Jul 15, 2008 at 06:49 AM
    WHO IS THE GOVERNOR TRYING TO KID, HOW CAN HE SAVE MONEY WITHOUT CUTTING JOBS?THAT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE. I KNOW FIRST HAND HOW HARD THE KSP OFFICERS WORKED TO BECOME THE GREAT OFFICERS THEY ARE TODAY. THANKS TO THEM ALL FOR THE HARD WORK THEY DO AND THE SMALL PAY THEY GET AND NO RESPECT. HOW MUCH TRAINING DOES THE KVE FELLOWS GET?
  • by Carl Location: Millard on Jul 15, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    How can we save money if no jobs are lost.Who's he kidding.All our police agencys need to cut by half.The effect would be a safer free'r Kentucky.
  • by Jack Location: Paintville on Jul 15, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    This was tried 28 years ago. It did not work then and it will not work now.
  • by Sarge Location: in the hills of Kentucky on Jul 14, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    with the KSP operating at a low level of manning this is a wise move to bolster not only highway safety but public safety in general; is the training for both KVE and KSP the same? if so just make them all KSP and cut more costs from administrative functions of a seperate division; just make sure the men and women who wear the gray and brown are given everything they need to do their jobs and do it well

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