FRANKFORT, KY -- To officially kickoff the Kentucky State Police 60th Anniversary activities, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer has unveiled 17 limited-edition, "retro look" cruisers at KSP headquarters in Frankfort. The vehicles feature the same color scheme and decals used by the agency when it was created in 1948.
"The Ford cruisers used by KSP during its early days were solid black with a gold striping and a distinctive state police seal," said Brewer. "The color scheme was selected to clearly distinguish the new agency from its predecessor, the Kentucky Highway Patrol, which used white vehicles."
"In those days, troopers traveled at 35 miles per hour when not pursuing speeders," he explained. "Only a few congested urban areas had any speed restrictions at all. The only law that allowed police to charge motorists with reckless driving was if they were traveling more than 45 miles per hour."
"Today our vehicles are obviously more sophisticated with advanced performance packages and electronics," he added. "Their gray color and blue striping are designed for more modern times. Employing the black and gold color scheme on a limited number of our modern vehicles helps to highlight the agency's 60-year heritage and creates visible continuity with the principles of service, integrity and professionalism that the agency was founded on and still follows today."