Kentucky State Police receive new crime scene truck

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by Sarah Bennett

The Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown received a new vehicle last week that will allow officers to process crime scenes more quickly.

Capt. John Ward, commander of the KSP Elizabethtown post, visited Frankfort last Wednesday o pick up the Ford Super Duty Truck from Gov. Steve Beshear and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, according to a KSP news release.

The truck is equipped with a utility bed and all the tools necessary to process a crime scene, including evidence gathering supplies, said Bruce Reeves, KSP public information officer.

The truck's evidence supplies include trace evidence analysis and a latent fingerprint processing machine, he said.
Ultimately, the new truck will cut down on time needed to process a crime scene, Reeves said.

"Some things in the new truck we'd have in a vehicle, but other things would normally be kept at the post," he said. "So officers at the scene would have to relay back to the post."

According to the news release, no public funds were used to purchase the $30,000 vehicle. KSP used asset forfeiture funds, which is money collected from the sale of assets such as property, vehicles and jewelry seized by law enforcement during criminal investigations.

KSP's intention is eventually to provide all 16 posts with a crime scene response vehicle, said Sherry Bray, KSP media coordinator. Six posts have trucks.

Bray said KSP targeted posts with a higher number of crime incidents.

Trucks also were strategically placed so that a crime scene response vehicle could be available to a nearby post in the event that it required one, she said.