The cars are black with a yellow strip down the side just as the first cars were in 1949 when the agency became the Kentucky State Police, which at that time made Kentucky the 38th state to have a state wide law enforcement agency. The cars will be displayed at each Post for one year when they will then be taken back, redone, and put into use as cruisers.
“Sixty years of service is a big milestone for us. This is a big honor for all the guys that have went on before us and made our communities and our agency a respected agency to work for,” Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police, said. “It is a great honor for us to be able to celebrate that and also in honor of those who have given their lives in the line of duty and have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives of others, this is in honor of them.”
To mark the agency’s 60th year, officers both past and present along with several officers from Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, which recently became a division of the KSP, gathered at Post 13 to celebrate the milestone with a cookout.
Watts says that Posts across the state will be celebrating the occasion.
“It’s just a real big honor to be able to recognize these people that’s made this agency what it is today and our communities a place that we live in, and it is great to be a part of that,” Watts said.