Kentucky sheriff’s meet in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Kentucky Sheriff’s Association is holding its 90th annual Sheriff’s Conference at Sloan Convention Center this week.

Tuesday, sheriff’s from around the state heard from Dr. Kimberly Miller about managing a department in their training class.

“This is something that has been happening for quite a few years. Used to be, sheriffs were just elected by the people, nobody was trained, you were just given a gun and a badge and a job to do. So, back in the late 1990’s, we got what’s called the P.O.P.S. (Kentucky Police Officer Professional Standards) certification for all deputy sheriffs,” said Jerry Wagner, executive director of the Kentucky Sheriffs Association.

This yearly conference counts towards the required 40 hours of in-service training Sheriff’s must receive every year in order to keep up to date on new laws.

The goal of the conference is to help the counties throughout the state to be on the same page, to work together to perform duties in the most efficient way possible, and to help build relationships between sheriffs throughout the state.

“We have some really long days, but they have some great training here every sheriff’s office and every person that participates in this, I think it’s extremely valuable,” Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower said.

The training typically holds around 200 sheriff’s and deputies each year.