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Kentucky State Police

​​​Core Values

The Kentucky State Police operates under a number of core values and principles. These are embodied in a number of codes and statements, including: the official Code of Ethics for all sworn officers; the Kentucky State Police Vision Statement; the Kentucky State Police Mission Statement; and the Kentucky State Police Goals and Objectives Statement.

Our dedication and strict adherence to our core values and principles ensures that the Kentucky State Police will remain a detail-oriented, efficient and professional law enforcement agency in service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

KSP Code of Ethics

Kentucky State Police sworn officers shall adhere to and abide by the following: “As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.”

“I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of the agency. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature, or is confided to me in my official capacity, shall be kept secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of duty.”

“I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.”

“I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust to be held as long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession: law enforcement.”

KSP Vision Statement

The Kentucky State Police strives to maintain the highest standards of excellence utilizing training and technology to create a safe environment for citizens and to continue as a national leader in law enforcement.

KSP Mission Statement

The Kentucky State Police promotes public safety through service, integrity and professionalism utilizing partnerships to:

  1. Prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime;
  2. Enhance highway safety through education and enforcement and
  3. Safeguard property and protect individual rights.

KSP Goals

GOAL 1: Human Resource Development – Provide a highly motivated and competent workforce to deliver police services to citizens of the Commonwealth.

GOAL 2: Highway Safety – Reduce the number of traffic crashes involving injury and death on Kentucky’s highways.

GOAL 3: Reduce/Prevent Crime – Contribute to the creation of safe communities by initiating efforts to reduce and prevent crime in rural Kentucky.

GOAL 4: Criminal Justice Support – To provide technical and logistic support to Kentucky State Police and other criminal justice agencies.

GOAL 5: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement – Promote the safety of Kentucky highways through commercial vehicle initiatives, driver and vehicle inspections, enforcement, compliance reviews, and education.