FRANKFURT – Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced that there are currently 45 full-time and part-time carrier positions available in 14 positions across the Commonwealth. This is the highest vacancy rate in the history of the telecommunications agency, which is one of the most critical roles in law enforcement’s ability to respond to emergencies and critical needs. of State.
“Telecommunications are crucial for our law enforcement agencies,” said Govt. Beshear. âOver the past few days we have seen firsthand the role they played in the tornadoes of western Kentucky. They have truly been the bridge between our state soldiers and the public. I encourage Kentuckians who want a stimulating career serving the communities in which they live to apply.
KSP carriers handle dispatch duties for Kentucky State Soldiers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers, and other service agencies. emergency. Most importantly, they’re that calming voice on the other line when someone calls 911. New hires will receive the training and equipment necessary to be successful, including a five-week paid training academy to earn certification. with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.
KSP commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. said the agency had to bring in carriers from other positions to relieve the dispatchers who have worked tirelessly since the storms hit western Kentucky.
“The determination of our carriers to assist the public and law enforcement in these critical times is unmatched,” said Burnett. “Now, more than ever, we need people to join our team and serve in this capacity.”
Requirements to become a KSP carrier include:
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to handle extremely stressful and difficult conditions
- Manage flexible working hours, including nights, weekends and holidays
- Ability to learn and adapt, especially in areas of technology
- Must be a high school graduate
On November 9, the governor announced that he plans to make historic investments to improve public safety in his next budget proposal, one of which is a competitive pay raise for KSP carriers.
âLast year, carriers answered over 2 million calls, resulting in over 500,000 requests for assistance. They were the soothing voice on the other end of the phone when those calls were made to 911, â Govt. Beshear noted. âImproving their pay is a step towards retaining these essential workers and better rewarding their dedication. “
The job of a telecommunications service provider is one of the most difficult in law enforcement. Over the past five years, KSP has recorded an average turnover rate of almost 23%. The governor’s proposal will increase the starting salary of KSP carriers from $ 24,000 per year to $ 32,000. The carriers currently employed would also benefit from the increase.
KSP’s mission is to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, improve road safety through education and enforcement , protect property and protect individual rights.