LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police are bracing for more retirements and the statewide force has already shrunk to its lowest manpower in five years.
Lt. Phil Crumpton told the Lexington Herald-Leader there is usually a wave of retirements near the end of the year.
Since Jan. 1, 31 sworn officers have retired from the KSP, reducing the force to 931.
In 2005, there were 1,013 state troopers.
A tight state budget means state police might not get a new class of recruits in January.
Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says he will ask the Kentucky State Police personnel board on Tuesday to support a new class.
Last year, 61 new officers were trained.