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Friday, August 18, 2017

Bellevue Police Chief Wayne Turner Named Chief of the Year

Bellevue Police Chief Wayne Turner, a Fort Thomas resident, was recently named the Chief of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police at their annual conference in Paducah, Kentucky.

Tuner has built an exemplary 32-year career in law enforcement, serving as the Chief of Police at his current agency for the past five years following a two decade career as a lawman in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Additionally, he has also served more than 24 years in the United States Army and Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serving under General David Petraeus in Iraq.

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Chief Turner is a combat veteran who was awarded a bronze star for his actions in Iraq.  He served first as a warfighter and later as a peacekeeper and peacemaker helping restore law and order to a violent war torn country. In 2017, Chief Turner was inducted into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame culminating in a formal ceremony at the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort.

But, he has also been extremely successful chairing the KACP Legislative Committee, where he has basically served as a legislative agent, representing the interests of law enforcement across the Commonwealth. In just a few short years, Chief Turner has proven to be a respected, knowledgeable, focused and successful lobbyist, often testifying before legislative committees in Frankfort on a variety of bills, including KLEFPF, proposed changes to the pension system, criminal justice reform and personnel issues.

He has become the “Go To” voice of law enforcement when groups such as KLC, KACO and others need information, leadership or support when meeting with legislators or officials from the Governor’s office, including Justice Secretary John Tilley.

During the legislative sessions, which typically run from January into early Spring, he is in Frankfort nearly every day, keeping a close eye on the legislation and issues that present the greatest impact -both good and bad – for law enforcement.

During the 2016 legislative session, he worked with other organizations – including the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association and the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police – on securing the $4,000 KLEFPF annual training stipend for law enforcement officers, which statewide amounted to more than $60 million dollars.

He also worked side by side with Sen. Danny Carroll of Paducah, to pass the “rehire bill”, which allows city police departments to rehire retired law enforcement officers. The bill not only helped save cities money but also put experienced officers back on the street.

During the 2017 legislative session, Chief Turner was instrumental in the passage of bills dealing with criminal justice reform; stronger penalties for trafficking any amount of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanyl and fentanyl derivatives that are destroying Kentucky lives and families; and the Blue Lives Matter bill, which allows attacks on law enforcement as well as fire fighters and EMTs to be considered a hate crime.

But his work is equally as impressive and important in changing or killing bills that would be detrimental and dangerous to the general public and law enforcement, such as a bill that would have expanded concealed carry of firearms on school grounds.

Whether he is on the streets protecting the residents of his Northern Kentucky community, on the battlefields of the Middle East defending his country or in the State Capitol looking out for the interests of law enforcement and public safety, Chief Turner is a true public servant who deserves our praise, support and above all our respect.

PHOTO: Chief, Wayne Turner. Provided. 

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