The mission of the Internal Investigations Branch is to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky by receiving and investigating certain limited allegations involving abuse of juveniles committed to, or in the custody of, the Department of Juvenile Justice and investigating administrative violations within the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet as determined by the Cabinet Secretary.
The Internal Investigations Branch has been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary to be the program administrator for the Special Local Peace Officer (SLPO) and Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) programs for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Once commissioned, these officers have full law enforcement authority on their designated properties only. SLPOs are commissioned for duty on private property; SLEOs are commissioned for duty on public property.
See designated links to the right for applications.
In 2012, federal regulations were adopted concerning the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The PREA regulations contains standards for the reporting and investigating allegations of inappropriate sexual activity involving individuals confined to facilities operated by the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). If you would like to report an allegation concerning a juvenile in DJJ custody being the victim of inappropriate sexual activity call 800-890-6854.
If you would like to report an allegation concerning an adult in the custody of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, please go to the following website
History of Office
The Internal Investigations Branch was established with the primary responsibility for investigating allegations of abuse or neglect of youth committed to, or in the custody of, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Youth committed to facilities operated by DJJ have access to a hotline phone that is monitored by the office to report allegations. Allegations that meet certain criteria are assigned for investigation.
Investigators assigned to the office have previous law enforcement experience and training. None of the investigators have sworn authority.
Investigations are conducted for administrative purposes and if criminal violations are discovered, the allegation is referred to law enforcement.
The duties of the office have expanded to include investigating allegations within the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet with the exception of the Kentucky State Police and with certain restrictions in the Department of Public Advocacy.
In 2008, the office was assigned the responsibility for conducting background investigations on applicants for commission as Special Law Enforcement Officers (SLEO) and Special Local Peace Officers (SLPO).
The office is staffed with a staff assistant, three full-time investigators, two contract investigators, and one administrative assistant.
Since its inception in 2004, the office has conducted more than 1,100 investigations.
For more information, contact the Internal Investigations Branch at:
125 Holmes Street, First Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601