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.