A coordinated enforcement response to substance abuse issues is not possible under existing realities:
- There are over 400 law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
- There are nearly 8,000 peace officers statewide.
- Most of these agencies are municipal or sheriffs’ offices.
- Most of these agencies have less than ten sworn officers.
- As such, there is no way to realistically focus on drug crimes for targeted enforcement.
- The Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Alcohol Beverage Control, and other state agencies are understaffed due to attrition and/or funding. Specialized units exist within the state police to focus on drug-related crimes, but staffing levels preclude concentrated efforts.
- Regional drug task forces have emerged over the past 17 years as an answer for growing drug problems in local communities.
- Drug task forces that receive Byrne Grant funding emerge from inter-local agreements between municipalities and counties. There are varying degrees of cooperation or assistance sought from the State Police amongst the regional task forces.
- Task forces are eligible for receipt of assets forfeited under state law or federal law.
- Federal law enforcement is represented in the form of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal’s Service, and other agencies.
- Additional federally funded programs in Kentucky include:
- Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
- Operation UNITE operating in southeastern Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District
- Issues that confront law enforcement regarding drug crimes include:
- Coordination of services
- Information/intelligence sharing
- Staffing needs
- Fiscal needs
BLUE LIVES MATTER IN KENTUCKY!
Due to the nature of the profession, law enforcement personnel are seen as easy targets and are consequently bullied by slander, illegitimate complaints, frivolous law suits, and physical attacks.
Unjust attacks from the new media, celebrities and politicians have damaged community relations and endanger the lives and safety of law enforcement officers.
We are supported by Americans who believe in law and order and want to provide a counterbalance to the dangerous false narratives being propagated about law enforcement.
Our mission to support law enforcement is accomplished through our supporters, the world’s largest community of Americans who support law enforcement.
Blue Lives Matter was founded based on the need of law enforcement.
On August 9, 2014, Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson was doing his job as he stopped Michael Brown, who had just committed a robbery of a local convenience store. Brown attacked Officer Wilson in an aggravated assault.
Officer Wilson was forced to defend his life by shooting Brown. In the months that followed, agitators spread outright lies and distortions of the truth about Officer Wilson and all police officers.
The media catered to movements such as Black Lives Matter, whose goal was the vilification of law enforcement. Criminals who rioted and victimized innocent citizens were further given legitimacy by the media as “protesters.”
America watched as criminals destroyed property, and assaulted and murdered innocent people, and they labeled these criminals as victims.
Personal responsibility for one’s actions went away, replaced by accusations of racism and an unjust government.
It seemed that almost every media organization was spreading the absurd message that people were being shot by law enforcement simply because of the color of their skin.
Even our political leaders pandered to these criminals and helped to spread this false narrative, with no thought of the consequences.
On December 20, 2014, NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu were ambushed and murdered by a fanatic who believed the lies of Black Lives Matter, the media, and politicians.
While reporting on the murder of these heroes, the media continued to spread the false narrative of Black Lives Matter.
Even the largest law enforcement media companies, who purport to be all for the police, helped spread misinformation through re-posting articles written with an anti-police bias.
At that moment, we realized that the major law enforcement news companies weren’t run by law enforcement, and they only cared about saving time and money by copying anti-police biased news sources.
The officers who founded this organization were motivated by the heroic actions of Officer Darren Wilson, and many others, and decided to create this organization in the hopes that we could prevent more officers from being hurt.
Blue Lives Matter formed and gathered supporters of law enforcement on Facebook to distribute information which accurately reflected the realities of law enforcement.
Feeling the limitations of being contained to Facebook, the Blue Lives Matter news website was launched to provide accurate coverage of law enforcement news, from a law enforcement perspective.
In 2016, after an unprecedented number of ambush attacks on law enforcement officers, the founders decided that we could be doing more to help the officers who are getting attacked in the streets. We began to provide law enforcement officers with life-saving equipment, at no cost to them.
Blue Lives Matter will continue to support law enforcement in any way when there is a need that we can fulfill.