Unsolved homicides, a police academy and inclusive hiring among topics discussed at city retreat

BOWLING GREEN, – The Bowling Green City Commissioners held their bi-annual special work session today at the Sloan Convention Center.

At the session, commissioners discussed ideas and policy initiatives as well as goals and objectives for the City of Bowling Green.

Among the many topics discussed was the city’s progress and goal of hiring minorities and females.

A commissioner stated that Bowling Green city employees should look like a sliver of the population as a whole.

They also discussed unsolved murder investigations, of which, there are 18 since 1966.

Not only does each case have an active investigator assigned to it, but BG Unsolved, a social media initiative of the Bowling Green Police Department, has actually led to new information to the police on more than one investigation.

Another topic discussed was the possibility of a police officer training academy right here in Bowling Green, which, if approved, would allow the process of getting new officers ready for patrol faster.

“When we hire police officers, they have to go to a 20-week academy at Eastern Kentucky University. We do have our own trainers that can do certain types of training right now. There’s such a backlog for positions there, we are going to think about approaching the Kentucky Law-Enforcement Council about doing our own basic training as well,” said Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.