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The Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE), commonly known as Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE), is a statewide law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The department, which was a stand alone department until a July 14, 2008 executive order from Governor Steve Beshear
Steve Beshear
Steven Lynn "Steve" Beshear is an American politician who is the 61st Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A Democrat, Beshear previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974 to 1979, was the state's Attorney General from 1980 to 1983, and was Lieutenant Governor from...

, is now a division of the Kentucky State Police
Kentucky State Police
The Kentucky State Police is a department of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The department was founded in 1948 and replaced the Kentucky Highway Patrol...

 (KSP). The division employs both sworn officers and commercial vehicle inspectors.


This Division is divided into two operational troops : West Troop and the East Troop. The two troops operate six regional posts:
  • West Troop - Responsible for Region 1 Henderson
    Henderson, Kentucky
    Henderson is a city in Henderson County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River in the western part of the state. The population was 27,952 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Evansville Metropolitan Area often referred to as "Kentuckiana", although "Tri-State Area" or "Tri-State" are more...

    , Region 2 Franklin
    Franklin, Kentucky
    As of the census of 2000, there were 7,996 people, 3,251 households, and 2,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,074.7 people per square mile . There were 3,609 housing units at an average density of 485.1 per square mile...

    , and Region 3 Walton
    Walton, Kentucky
    Walton is a city in Boone and Kenton Counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 3,635 in the 2010 Census.-Tourism:Nearby Florence offers thoroughbred racing at Turfway Park....

     and for providing and coordinating police and other related activities within their defined geographical areas.

  • East Troop - Responsible for Region 4 London
    London, Kentucky
    -Education:All of the following schools are administered by the Laurel County School District.-Primary schools:* * * * * * * * * * * * -High schools:* * -Colleges:* Laurel Technical College* * -Notable natives:...

    , Region 5 Morehead
    Morehead, Kentucky
    As of the census of 2010, there were 6,845 people, households, and families residing in the city. The population density was 726.2 people per square mile. There were 2,356 housing units at an average density of 253.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 3.2% African...

    , and Region 6 Pikeville
    Pikeville, Kentucky
    Pikeville is a city in Pike County, Kentucky. The population was 6,903 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pike County.-History:On March 25, 1822, the county's government officials decided to build a new county seat named Liberty, one and one-half mile below the mouth of the Russell Fork...

     and for providing and coordinating police and other related activities within their defined geographical areas.

The agency also has Officers working with Kentucky State Police Special Operations Division that primarily focus on drug interdiction. The division operates the Commonwealth's system of commercial vehicle weigh stations. Their headquarters is located in Frankfort
Frankfort, Kentucky
Frankfort is a city in Kentucky that serves as the state capital and the county seat of Franklin County. The population was 27,741 at the 2000 census; by population it is the 5th smallest state capital in the United States...


Special Note

Although KVE officers primarily enforce commercial vehicle laws, their sworn officers, as peace officers of the Commonwealth, have full power to issue citations and make arrests. Prior to the merger with the KSP, KVE officers would often provide speed enforcement and enforced other traffic laws, acting as a de facto highway patrol
Highway patrol
A highway patrol is either a police unit created primarily for the purpose of overseeing and enforcing traffic safety compliance on roads and highways, or a detail within an existing local or regional police agency that is primarily concerned with such duties.Duties of highway patrols or traffic...

. While still maintaining full law enforcement authority, it is expected that KSP will return the agency's focus to commercial vehicle enforcement.

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