Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown moving to former youth prison

By Travis Ragsdale, WDRB News

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) — Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown will move its operations to a former youth prison later this year.

Since the 1980s, KSP post 4 has sat on a hill by I-65 in Elizabethtown, but with workloads expanded, the post has quickly run out of room.

“We just don’t have enough room,” Trooper Scotty Sharp said. “Complaints and cases are not going down. They’re going up.”

Last summer and just a few miles down the road, Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center closed as part of state-wide consolidation efforts.

“The Justice Cabinet contacted State Police and asked if we would be interested, and obviously, we’re not going to turn anything like this down,” Sharp said.

The move creates additional space for KSP, including holding cells (which aren’t available at the current location), a larger impound lot and space for training.

“Mainly for (troopers in) the western part of the state,” Sharp said. “Troopers that live in Mayfield, Madisonville, Bowling Green … They will not have to drive all the way to Frankfort.”

As far as what will happen to the old post, that remains to be seen.

“At some point it will go into surplus property and then the state will decide what to do: either auction it or let another state organization move in,” Sharp said.

Troopers expect the most to be finalized by the end of the year.

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