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State review: Constable ‘outdated, irrelevant’ post
The office of constable is outdated and irrelevant as an arm of law enforcement and poses potential liabilities for counties, according to a report released Thursday by Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown.
Citing several high-profile incidents involving constables over the past year, Brown in April directed the Department of Criminal Justice Training to convene a working group to assess whether constables still had a viable role in modern day law enforcement functions.
“I asked DOCJT to develop a comprehensive, objective view of the authority, usefulness and purpose of constables – to look at all angles of the office and determine if a position that served a defined need 200 years ago was still relevant today,” Brown said in a statement. “The answer is a resounding no.”
The 6-month review included an historical perspective of constables in Kentucky and other states’ experiences with the office, as well as statewide surveys conducted with primary stakeholders that elicited more than 1,400 responses.
The report, Constables in Kentucky: Contemporary Issues and Findings Surrounding an Outdated Office, reveals that an overwhelming majority of county and law enforcement officials see little to no practical purpose behind the constitutional office and believe it should be abolished or its authority eliminated or restricted.
The report also notes there is no required training, education and experience among office holders – a standard inconsistent with other Kentucky law enforcement officers, who are certified according to the Peace Officer Professional Standards.
“Certified peace officers today meet rigorous pre-employment standards and training and are regulated through multiple layers of oversight and public scrutiny,” Brown said. “That standard is diluted when law enforcement powers are shared with individuals who lack the required training and accountability.”
A copy of the full report is available at https://docjt.ky.gov/constables.html.
Veterans Day celebrations
The Shelby County Extension Homemakers is planning to honor all veterans: active, retired, and reserved – all men and women who have ever served our country – with a special recognition of our World War II veterans.
The homemakers would also like to recognize all military families.
The Veterans Appreciation Reception is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Shelby County Extension Office. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a short ceremony at 2:30 p.m.
§ Charles Turner, a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day program at Collins High School. All veterans in the community are encouraged to attend the ceremony being coordinated by the Army JROTC and the Youth Services Center. The event will be at 10:30 a.m. today.
Holiday closings on Monday
All federal, state, county and city offices will be closed on Monday in commemoration of Veterans Day. That means the post office, the Shelby County Judicial Center, Shelby County Courthouse and city halls in Shelbyville and Simpsonville will be closed. The Shelby County Public Library will be closed, as will banks.
Lottery off to winning start
Fiscal year 2013 is off to a good start for the Kentucky Lottery, showing a 10.3 percent increase from first quarter 2012. The lottery ended on Sept. 30 with $185.7 million, up $19.1 million.
Two large Powerball jackpot runs, $337 million and $202 million, helped fuel sales. Powerball sales were up $6.1 million or 33.1%.
Income before transfer of dividends was $54.2 million, which is a $4.1 million or an 8.1 percent increase when compared to the 1st quarter of last year.
“While we are pleased with the first quarter sales results, we are extremely proud to continue to earn dividends for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ultimately the young Kentuckians across the state who are able to continue their educations by attending colleges and universities, vocational and technical colleges with these funds,” said Kentucky Lottery President & CEO Arch Gleason. “More than nearly $188 million or 99.8% of these funds supported Kentucky’s institutions of higher education during Fiscal Year 2012”, added Gleason.
Johnson to address Rotary
Jeff Johnson of Operation Care, a Christian ministry that provides for people in need, will speak to the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday. The club meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th streets.
Meetings are open to the public, but there is a charge for the luncheon meal.
Shop with a Cop taking donations
The Fraternal Order of Police Shelby County Metro Lodge 51’s Shop with a Cop will be in full swing again this year.
Last year the FOP assisted 33 children and their families, providing holiday gifts, including clothing and toys for local children. Donations from local businesses and residents of Shelby County make this program possible.
If you would like to donate to the Shop with a Cop program, you can do so by mailing a check made out to FOP Metro Lodge 51 at P.O. Box 402 Shelbyville, 40066.
Driving course at Collins
Collins High School Youth Services Center will host a survival defensive driving course called "Alive at 25”, which instructed by the Kentucky State Police. The program will be at 3:45-7 p.m. Nov. 26.
“This highly effective three-hour course addresses why motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens, and encourages young drivers to take responsibility for their driving behavior,” YSC Coordinator Leesa Stivers said. “Through interactive media segments, workbook exercise, class discussions and role playing, young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them and others safe on the road.”
This program will be open to any CHS student that has a driver's permit or driver's license and is limited to the first 30 students who sign up.
To sign up or for more information, call 647- 1171 or E-mail Leesa.Stivers@shelby.kyschools.usby Nov. 20.
Parent academy for preschool
Parent Academy, a new parent development program with Shelby County Public Schools, kicks off Tuesday with an event just for parents of preschool students. Parents can learn skills to help with their children’s reading at home. There will be hands-on activities at the event at 6-7 p.m. at Collins High School, 801 Discovery Blvd. Reservation slips are being sent home with the children to return before today. Registrants can indicate if child care is needed for children preschool-aged and older.
Multi-Purpose board meeting
Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s board of directors will meet at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Spencer County Fiscal Court’s room in Taylorsville. The public is invited to attend. Multi-Purpose CAA provides services in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer Counties.
I-64 road closures possible
Lane closures and delays remain possible on Interstate 64 from the welcome center near Simpsonville to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of roadway widening and interchange reconstruction. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Leaf pickup in Shelbyville
The Shelbyville Department of Public Works will offer leaf pickup through Dec. 30 within the city limits. Leaves must be bagged in strong garbage bags and tied with a 50-pound weight capacity. They should be placed on the curb, not blocking the sidewalk or street. Residents must call this department, 633-1094, to get on the list for pick-up.
Diabetes events scheduled for Shelby
The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition has scheduled two events for Shelby County residents as part of the World Diabetes Day celebration next week.
Shelby residents with Type II Diabetes and their family and friends will be able to learn more about how to manage and/or prevent Type II Diabetes.
First, a nutrition awareness initiative will feature Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and will be held at noon at the Dairy Queen restaurant on Midland Trail in Shelbyville.
That will be followed next Friday by a Diabetes Education Day and Food Demo, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road. Keynote speaker will be Genni Smith.
The KRDC exists to improve the health and welfare of adults aged 50 and older who have Type II Diabetes. KRDC's strategic plan includes initiatives for increasing exercise, healthy eating, smoking cessation, and increased self and health care.
The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.