Gov. Beshear wants to improve public safety in KSP’s new budget plan

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Gov. Andy Beshear joined officials from Kentucky State Police and the Justice and Safety Cabinet in Frankfort for the announcement of a potentially historic investment into public safety.

The governor hit on several key points during his speech at the KSP Training Academy, the first among them being competitive salaries for both troopers and dispatchers.

Under Beshear’s request, the starting pay for troopers will go up from $40,000 to $55,000, and from $24,000 to $32,000 for dispatchers.

In the interest of transparency and accountability, Beshear also recommended $12.2 million for an integrated video recording system, which could support the purchase of hundreds of body cams.

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