Garrard Co. Fiscal Court to discontinue police department

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GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Garrard County Fiscal Court has begun the formal process of closing Garrard County Police Department operations.

GCPD posted on Facebook that the closure will be completed by June 30, 2019. The county sheriff will take over law enforcement.

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In the Facebook post, GCPD says there will be personnel changes, “Sadly, Officer Troy Willard and his K-9 partner Murphy announced their departure tonight. Officer Willard has been with us since Jan. 19, 2017 and was one of our first hires when the department was formed. He has been an outstanding officer who has been a crucial member of our team and one of the leaders in activity, undercover drug operations and apprehensions. Likewise, Murphy’s drug interdiction training has led to multiple arrests and successful convictions. We will miss both and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

In a comment on the post, GCPD explains the Sheriff has not told them which officers will have jobs or what their pay will be if they are offered a position, “we expect additional officers will leave over the next few months as well. In fact, many officers have applied elsewhere as a backup so that they won’t find themselves unemployed or underemployed. When those jobs are offered elsewhere, it isn’t unreasonable to think that they would choose the job security and community support offered elsewhere.”
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