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Kentucky cities employ over 4,600 police officers, and that's in addition to other law enforcement officers such as Kentucky State Police officers, sheriff deputies, and police officers at airports and universities. By enforcing state and local laws, all of these officers help protect people (who we are) and property (what we own).

Kentucky cities spend around half a billion dollars ($500,000,000) each year on police services, which is about $200 per city resident.  Police departments are funded predominantly by local taxes, and all police officers must be certified annually by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

If you have an emergency, dial 911.  Dispatchers who answer the phone will be able to send the police if necessary.  If you don't have an emergency, you can use the phone number of your local department to contact the police.  

Nice Rides! Nice Dogs!

Kentucky police don't just drive cruisers (cars) to patrol city neighborhoods and streets. Local police departments may also have mobile command units, patrol wagons (vans), motorcycles, trucks, boats, bicycles, four-wheelers, Segways, and even horses! Horses aren't the only animals they use; they may also use K-9 units (police dogs) to help!

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