Old Cars and Equipment Putting Troopers in Danger, Say KY State Police

Kentucky police Commissioner Rick Sanders is asking for more money amid talk of budget cuts. He is urging lawmakers to consider his agency's "dangerous" predicament: worn-out cars, a manpower shortage, and relic rifles.

As state agencies brace for spending cuts to cover an estimated $1 billion budget hole, Kentucky police Commissioner Rick Sanders is asking for more money to replace aging cars and equipment. He is urging lawmakers to consider his agency's "dangerous" predicament: worn-out cars, a manpower shortage, and relic rifles, reports the Courier Journal.

Photo: Kentucky State Police/WikipediaPhoto: Kentucky State Police/Wikipedia

As a trooper recently rushed to help another trooper who had been stabbed, his cruiser's transmission fell onto the interstate with a thud. Desperate, he ditched the car — which had accumulated nearly 200,000 miles — and began to run until someone picked him up.

"He was trying to get to that trooper to help save his life," Sanders told lawmakers during a recent hearing before the state House Budget Review subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety and Judiciary.

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