"We set the standard high for our officers. We want them to keep that standard and sometimes they don't. When they don't, we deal with it." -Chief Guy Turcotte, Glasgow Police
The trial of Sheriff Chris Eaton has had law enforcement in Barren County directly in the spotlight the past week and a half. A few members of the law enforcement community in the area have recently admitted to lying under oath, including Glasgow police officer Jessie Barton. The police department says a recently established internal affairs department makes sure that situations like these are handled correctly.
"We set the standard high for our officers. We want them to keep that standard and sometimes they don't. When they don't, we deal with it." said Chief Guy Turcotte of the Glasgow Police.
Officials in Glasgow assure that progress and transparency are incredibly important to any small community.
"These are the facts and get those out to the public. It might not be what they want to hear, but it's what we need to do. We need to make sure they know that we're being as transparent as possible." commented Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Trautman.
There's no greater sign of progress than the new police station currently in operation. Along with the new facility the agency has added a public information officer, and has created an initiative for officers to be involved in the community.
"It's not all arresting everybody and giving citations. When you're a police officer in the Glasgow Police Department you wear several hats. We'll do whatever we can do to make someone's life better in our community." added Chief Turcotte.
"We've focused on getting them involved in community projects and being out in the community in different ways than they would normally be. That's been real positive as well." commented Mayor Trautman.
Officials say it's not what happened in the last four years that concerns them, rather what the future holds for the next four years.
"We have a lot of experienced officers and we have a lot of new officers. They're learning from each other and kind of building on that culture as we can make those changes." said Trautman.