Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
UPDATE: Justice Cabinet employees continue to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 07, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and Department of Corrections responding in Louisiana and Mississippi

FRANKFORT, Ky.:  KSP troopers, KVE officers, and DOC officers are continuing to assist law enforcement in the hurricane-ravaged areas of Louisiana and Mississippi as people struggle to recover from the natural disaster. 

18 DOC officers are helping correctional officials in Louisiana monitor approximately 8000 displaced men and women inmates from Jefferson Parish and New Orleans Parish. They are currently working security at a makeshift prison located in a Greyhound bus station outside of New Orleans.  The temporary prison is accepting 30 detainees at a time and processing about 150 per day.  These inmates are then booked and held for reassignment to other prisons.  On Friday, September 9th, 18 new correctional officers from Kentucky will travel to Louisiana to provide relief for those who have been there since last week.  In addition to these efforts, DOC Commissioner John Rees is collecting donations for families of criminal justice employees in Louisiana.  Those goods will be delivered when officers rotate over the upcoming weekend.  

55 KSP troopers are currently working in units in Louisiana and Mississippi.  The KSP detail assigned in Louisiana is providing basic patrol services in the Covington area.  The KSP detail in Mississippi is currently working in the Hattiesburg area, where they are providing basic police services as a relief to the local law enforcement. 14 KVE officers are also patrolling three counties in Mississippi.  The KSP troopers and KVE officers currently deployed will be rotated out over the upcoming weekend.     

“Our troopers and officers are continuing in their heroic efforts to bring peace and order to states that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  I want to say thank you to these men and women for their personal sacrifices, putting their own safety on the line, and going into a natural disaster zone simply because they want to help their fellow Americans,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, who is also the secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.