Kentucky State Police Budget Cuts Has Local Impact

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Budget cuts are being made at law enforcement agencies across the state, including at the commonwealths highest level.

Kentucky State Police started a program in 2009 to keep retired troopers with 20 years of experience in rotation, called the Trooper "R" Program.

Friday that program was cut, laying off troopers at 8 posts, including one at Post 3 in Bowling Green.

"90% of our budget is consumed by personnel cost and fuel and cars. That really comes as no surprise when people look at our mission. It leaves very little negotiation room when you have to come up with some cut backs. Where do you cut? The first thing that you eventually have to go to is people," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner, Rodney Brewer.

The commissioner says the department needs to cut about $5.8 million from its budget, but these cuts will only help about one-fifth of that.

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