KSP budget cuts are small but with large impact

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Many state agencies have been have been warned by Governor Steve Beshear to prepare for budget cuts.

"We could be doing better, we should be doing better. Future budgets do not have to look like this one," stated the governor Tuesday night.

Among the many agencies facing reductions, is the Kentucky State Police. In the current proposal, the KSP is asked to cut 2.2% from their budget. A small number, but still felt said Lt. David Jude, "Any cut to an agency is significant. It may not be as much as somebody [else] but we are still going to feel that."

While the Kentucky State Police aren't sure where the cuts will come from, Lt. Jude says it will not affect their response.

"The important thing to note, here, is this is not going to result in a loss in services for us," pointed out Lt. Jude, "we are still going to be out there, we are still going to have troopers out there, we're still going to be responding to complaints, investigating the crimes, everything we've done."

Lt. Jude does caution that there still could be some "trickle down" effect, "You get out into the more rural parts of the state, and a lot of times we are the law enforcement response. So any cuts to our agency, potentially raise concerns."

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, questions if the cuts will slow down areas like the crime lab, adding that could delay cases and in some cases, arrests. Though he and others know that the real effect of this cut won't be known for a while.

Still, Lt. Jude says there are big decisions on the horizon for the KSP.

"Our command staff will get together and address what this number [the cuts] mean," said Lt. Jude of the next step, "[they will] determine is there an area, and where that area is going to be where we're going to make the cuts."

Though the number may be smaller than most state departments, the Kentucky State Police say they will do their part to help the state improve.

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