Horse Cave hires first female police chief

HORSE CAVE, Ky.- Controversy and corruption have damaged the Horse Cave Police Department’s relationship with the community. Their new interim police chief is hoping to change that.

On June 1, Heather Childress became the first female police chief at the Horse Cave Police Department, and she one if not the only female police chief in the surrounding area.

For Chief Childress being a mom has more influence over her ability to lead than being a woman.

“First and foremost, I’m a mother. I have three kids. So, youth or children, that is a main highlight for me. I think people see that with it being a female in that role, and also the safety our home. Women are homemakers. That’s one of the things that we stress, and we really work towards,” said Childress.

Childress has around 19 years of experience in law enforcement, serving with several agencies including Hart County Sheriff’s office and the Munfordville and Radcliff police departments.

“I’ve been in law enforcement since early 2000s. I enjoy the opportunity to come and work in an area that’s closed to home. I’m a Hart County native. I’m actually from Mumfordville, born and raised. So, I have a lot of friends and family in this area.”

In her new role as interim police chief, she’s aware of the unique challenges that she must overcome.

“It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take all of us working together and building that trust. I have several very good officers working with me, who are all very much into the same program of  we want to earn that trust back with our community.”

One way she plans to build trust is to get the department more involved in the community.

“Starting coffee with a cop once a month, where it gives the community a chance to come out with me. A say what you need to say, questions to ask to me directly, and you can get a direct answer. If I don’t know the answer, I will find it or find a way to find it. Also initiating programs within the Caverna School District.

The Department will have its first coffee with a cop event in July, and they are looking forward to getting to know their community better.