Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) gave the keynote address during the opening ceremony of the 2013 Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (K.A.C.P.) Annual Conference, where more than 130 police chiefs from across the Commonwealth are gathered in Lexington, Kentucky.
"Unfortunately, we've had several recent reminders of the risks involved with bravely serving and protecting the people of Kentucky. And we pray for the two survivors of the helicopter crash that happened during a marijuana eradication mission in Breathitt County on Monday," said Rogers. "Our police officers have been on the front lines in the war on drugs for many years and I commend their on-going efforts. As a former prosecutor, I understand the value of a well-trained, diligent law enforcement community and we stand with you shoulder-to-shoulder."
Rogers also applauded the police departments that are working to earn accreditation for their agencies, which is a mission of the KACP.
"By being an accredited agency, you are ensuring transparency and trust in our law enforcement," said Rogers.
Operation UNITE hosted the K.A.C.P. Conference for the first time since its inception, as UNITE chief, Dan Smoot, is sworn in as President of the association this week.