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Senate Panel Approves Peace Office Accountability Measure


Legislation focusing on increased accountability for Kentucky peace officers has won approval in a senate committee.  The measure is sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll , a retired state police officer.  The bill, among other things, spells out actions that can result in revocation of peace office certification. 

Testifying in support of the measure Thursday was Ryan Straw, Chaplain of the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police.  He said, quote, “none of us are naïve to what the news shows every day.” 

“Our police officers and their families are hurting.  Our communities are hurting too.  This bill allows us to hold our own accountable and show the citizens that we serve and protect that we are serious about removing officers that do not represent the training or morality that comes with serving as a law enforcement officer,” said Straw. 

The legislation covers issues such as unjustified use of deadly force and failure to intercede when a fellow peace office acts in this way.  Senator Carroll says the legislation pertains only to the state’s peace officers. 

Kentucky League of Cities Representative Bryanna Carroll said the measure should prevent a violating peace officer from jumping to another agency, which presents a liability to taxpayers.  

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