Did you know that the Kentucky State Police has a nationally acclaimed Honor Guard Unit?
During my travels throughout the United States and the World, I have long believed that the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard is among the best I’ve ever seen. That belief was solidified on May 14, 2010, when they placed first in the Fraternal Order of Police National Honor Guard competition in Washington, D.C.
Even more incredible is the fact that the KSP Honor Guard achieved this accomplishment as first time competitors; a first in this event. Judged by the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment known as the ‘Old Guard’, the teams were graded in three categories: inspection, posting of colors, and exhibition. Amazingly, the KSP team was number one in each category which turned out to be another first in the competitions’ records books.
Taking home the gold medal was made possible by a lot of people. Aside from the timeless efforts and commitment by our Honor Guard, many others contributed to their success. Numerous Post and Section personnel unselfishly filled the gaps in schedules and took on extra job duties. Vehicles and equipment were made ready by support and administrative personnel. Relatives of the team gave up valuable family time during the weeks of tedious drill and practice that have transpired over the past several months. Several private businesses donated a state of the art trailer with graphics and a casket for flag folding exercises. Winning first place truly was a team effort.
To learn more about the competition and see photographs of the event, visit our agency intranet site and click on the ‘Honor Guard’ icon. This achievement by your Honor Guard is truly an accomplishment that every member of our agency can be proud of. Although I am not in the habit of resting on our laurels, it certainly is nice to bask in the knowledge that our Honor Guard is the best in the nation. I suppose I knew it all along. Kudos to the best police honor guard in the United States!
Were you aware that the Kentucky State Police operates a camp for underprivileged children called Trooper Island? Located on Dale Hollow Lake, it was established in 1965 to provide a recreational site for kids throughout the state who could not afford to attend a summer camp. More importantly is the interaction that occurs between troopers and kids during this camping experience, leaving many with a newfound respect for law enforcement. Ten to twelve year olds are selected each year by troopers in all 120 counties to attend.
Trooper Island goes beyond the traditional camping experiences of boating, swimming, fishing, movies and campfires. Citizenship, patriotism, values and personal hygiene are also incorporated into the curriculum. Although early record keeping was lacking, it is estimated that over 25,000 kids have participated in the Trooper Island experience to date.
The camp continues to grow and expand on its’ mission. The camp has been involved in special weeks for the hearing/visually impaired, children awaiting an organ transplant, children with PKU (an eating disorder) and Hispanic youngsters. A scholarship program was recently established to offer financial assistance to future college hopefuls to help further their education.
The camp is free to campers and operates without the aid of tax dollars. Although many fundraisers are held throughout the year to defray operating coasts, our biggest one is currently underway. This year we are selling $10.00 chances on a beautiful 2010 Chevrolet Camaro from Herb Kinman Chevrolet in Carrollton. Tickets can be purchased at any state police post or from our Media Relations Branch at 502.695.6344. You can learn more about this fundraiser and Trooper Island by going to our website at kentuckystatepolice.org. Trooper Island is a 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Trooper Island is arguably one of the best programs that our agency has ever created and I am very proud to be a part of it. It is a weeklong experience that truly lasts a lifetime.