PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS/AP) - The Kentucky Sheriff's Association and the Kentucky Constables Association are lobbying the legislature to require law enforcement training for the state's 454 constables.
The Paducah Sun reports the constables association offers monthly trainings for its 176 members, but other constables never receive any training. That's despite the fact that they have the same authority as a sheriff's deputy.
The problem was highlighted earlier this month when a Graves County constable was charged with wanton endangerment for using his vehicle to force a traffic stop.
Jeffrey Howard Burnett, 44, was arrested after a formal complaint filed on Burnett about the manner in which a traffic stop was conducted Friday night on KY 1748.
According to Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon, Burnett serves the county as an elected official and Constable in Graves County. He said the investigation revealed that Burnett knowingly conducted a traffic stop on KY 1748 in a way that "wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person with no respect to human life."
The woman he stopped was a mother and grandmother who had two children in the car and she complained about the stop to the Graves County Sheriff's Department.
Jeffrey Burnett is free on $25,000 bond. He will continue to serve as a constable.
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