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David Osborne, via WKYU

Twenty-eight years ago, as a Daviess County sheriff’s deputy, David Osbourne went to the home of Darrell Perry to serve an eviction notice.  Perry had never been on the radar of local police, so Osbourne thought serving him with papers would be routine business.

The number of law enforcement officers shot and killed in the line of duty increased sharply in 2016 relative to 2015, according to a preliminary report from The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The overall number of officer fatalities rose by 10 percent, remaining lower than the average for the previous ten years.

via flyer, Murray State University LGBT Programming

More than two dozen western Kentucky law enforcement and public safety personnel received training this week at Murray State University to improve relations when interacting with the LGBT community. Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Sergeant Brett Parson, who led the workshop, said the discussion parallels with issues surrounding race and use of force.

Kentucky Office of the Attorney General

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says it’s difficult to watch some things going on across the U.S.  He was referring to violence such as Sunday's ambush-style shootings of three police officers in Baton Rouge.

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A state representative from Louisville is filing a bill to make it a hate crime to target police, firefighters or emergency personnel in Kentucky.

Republican Kevin Bratcher calls his legislation “Blue Lives Matter” — a response to the nationwide “Black Lives Matter” protests against police brutality toward African-Americans.

The House bill would make public safety workers a protected class under hate-crime law.

McCracken County Sheriff's Dept., via Facebook

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden is asking the county government for more support. He says manpower shortages are “crippling” his office’s ability to serve county residents.

Office of the Kentucky House Speaker

Under a bill before the Kentucky General Assembly, those convicted of attempted murder on law enforcement officers or firefighters must serve a larger portion of their sentence before being considered for parole.

J. Tyler Franklin (Via WFPL)

  Protest organizers on Monday issued a dozen demands to Louisville Metro Police, including a call to remove local police union president David Mutchler from the department.

The protest was a response to an open letter sent last week by Mutchler. In the letter, Mutchler blasted residents who had criticized police actions and tactics.

lrc.state.ky.us

A proposed measure that would give more clarity in police disciplinary matters is moving through the Kentucky General Assembly. With just a few days left in this session, the House bill passed out of a senate committee Monday. 

One of the K-9 officers working with the Christian County Sheriff’s department is now wearing a high-dollar piece of protective equipment. 

Timo is a seven-year-old Dutch Shepard who’s now sporting a $3,500 bulletproof, stab-resistant vest.  Deputy Sean Head has been Timo’s handler for the last year.

“It’s no different from me going to a call and having no vest on – I kind of feel bare,” said Deputy Head. “It does give me added protection knowing that if I have to place him in danger like that, he has protection as well as I would.”

The vest came from a company called Vested Interest, which received $335,000 in donations to produce the protective gear.  Several law enforcement agencies around the country were selected to receive the special vests. 

Head says he’s trying to encourage other K-9 handlers to apply as well.

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