The Hopkinsville Police Department wants to remind area residents that there is still time to sign up for the 11th annual Citizen’s Police Academy.
The academy will begin April 19th and will last about eight weeks.
All classes will be held each Thursday evening at 6 p.m. and will be taught by a member of the police department, who will cover various topics including patrol, investigations, k-9 demonstrations and firearms.
If anyone is interested in being a member of the 11th class, applications can be picked up at the Hopkinsville Police Department at West 1st Street until April 11th.
For more information or questions regarding the program, contact Officer John Bracey at 270-890-1500.
The truck driver involved in a collision with a train in Pembroke last night was cited for two traffic violations following the incident.
Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Sgt. Del Miller says 57-year old Mervin Leid of Ephrata, Pennsylvania was cited for not keeping a logbook of his activity and for not having periodic inspections of his trailer.
Officer John Hibbs removed Leid from service for ten hours as a penalty for not keeping a log and fines were also assessed.
Leid and the CSX train conductor went uninjured when Leid reportedly drove onto the tracks without enough time to make it across before the train made it to the South Main Street crossing.
All crossings in Pembroke were closed for several hours and the cleanup effort was extensive. Leid’s flatbed trailer loaded with heavy equipment was jolted all the way around to the cab and the wreckage landed in the front yard of a home near the railroad crossing.
Officer Hibbs says the gates and flashing lights at the crossing appeared to be working properly.
A recently promoted Hopkinsville Police officer completed a law enforcement academy this week.
A news release from HPD says Sgt. Seth Meek graduated from the Department for Criminal Justice’s Academy for Police Supervision, which is a three week program.
Sgt. Meek finished the program for recently promoted officers that focused on the role of a supervisor, leadership, resolving conflict, managing diversity, monitoring officer performance, professional image, legal issues, ethics and more.
As March comes to a close and it becomes almost certain the area won’t see any more frozen precipitation for several months, transportation officials can look back at this winter as one of the best ever as far as the pocketbook goes.
Christian County Road Department Superintendent Chuck Chambers says he’s been treating county roads for 25 years and this past winter was the least treacherous of his tenure.
Not only is 80 dollars per ton of salt brine expensive to the county, Chambers cited rising gas prices and the cost of labor that would have had to have been spent, had we had more snow.
This winter was a stark contrast to last year when Chambers had a hard time re-stocking his salt supply while most of the country was demanding more during one of the worst seasons in recent memory.
Some money saved thanks to the warm winter are more difficult to quantify, such as the lack of wear and tare to trucks and other equipment.
Perhaps a greater awareness of thefts and burglaries in the region has spurred a greater interest in crime prevention, with officials saying membership in local neighborhood watch programs is growing by the day.
Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller has been instrumental in helping to organize neighborhood watch groups in communities such as Crofton and Trenton and recently spoke about those endeavors at the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council meeting.
Captain Miller says the groundwork couldn’t have been laid locally without the help of that organization, which is made up of emergency managers and volunteers with a vested interest in having safer communities.
Captain Miller says the same people volunteering for Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are often the same ones interested in being part of a neighborhood watch.
Other communities have recently shown interest in training for their own watch programs, including Dawson Springs and parts of Trigg County.