If team photo day is any indication, at least two new faces will be on the Kentucky bench this season, bringing the Cats up to nine available players for Matthew Mitchell.
Two former high school standouts from Kentucky, Jessica Hardin of Wayne County and Rachel Potter of Pikeville, both took part in a recent casual photo day with the team.
Both Hardin and Potter are working out with the team this summer, UK spokesman Evan Crane confirmed, but they won’t be added to the official roster as walk-ons until school begins on Aug. 24.
When asked about his plans to fill out the UK rosterdecimated by transfers last season, Matthew Mitchell told the Herald-Leader he anticipated having nine to 11 players available, most likely coming from walk-ons or transfers.
By Drew Teague
On Friday we attended our final field trip of the internship and it was very exciting. Half of the interns partook in their concealed carry class earlier in the week and had their final instruction, then completed their live fire test.
While those interns completed their CCDW training, the rest of us got to be on the range and practice firing a couple of police weapons. Not only did we fire, but the officer taught us proper weapon safety, how the weapon actually worked, showed us the interior of the weapon, and about the safety’s of the weapon, even without an actual safety latch.
Written by Sydney Garrett
On Friday, July 15, I had the chance to go on a ride-along with Officer Horn. I was nervous before it started because (1) I didn’t know if I could handle staying awake past midnight and (2) I really had no idea what to expect. Luckily, Officer Horn relieved my safety concerns at the beginning.
This experience was really interesting to me because I’ve never spent a lot of time with a police officer before, let alone sat in a car with one for an extended period of time. I feel like a lot of people my age are scared of police or have some kind of resentment for them, and it was great to hear an officer’s perspective first-hand. Continue reading
As most of you know – our own Jessica Hardin is walking on to the UK Women’s Basketball team.
She has been working hard to get in shape and is pretty excited about the whole event. I have sent coach Matthew Mitchell a letter describing how hard she is working – from 6 AM for morning workouts to 9-4 at our office, then back to the gym for more basketball! She has become a hero for our office – so I asked Coach Mitchell when we will be able to buy our Hardin #15 jerseys!! We are all very anxious.
Tuesday we went to the Mounted Police Unit to tour the facility, learn the duties and responsibilities of the unit, and meet the officers and their equine partners. As a life-long horse enthusiast and long time equestrian I was particularly interested in seeing the training that is involved in the process of transforming a green horse into a nearly bombproof police horse. The obedience and trust these horses possess in their officer mounts is incredible and the bond and partnership between the horse and the officer is immediately apparent when you see the two working together.
Through careful and patient training these horses learn to trust the officer and become desensitized to sounds, sights, and smells that would normally spook or startle a horse. The officer explained that most horses that are considered to become police horses are not suitable for the job because they do not have the temperament necessary to make a safe and effective police horse. Most horses that first come into the program go through a trial period so the officers can have time to determine whether the horse is suitable for the job or not.’
July 8 marked the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Conference. Throughout the day, speakers presented need-to-know facts about elder and domestic abuse. More than four million older adults are abused each year in the United States–90% of which are victimized by family members or trusted others. This council’s mission is to aid in the prevention of elder abuse through community education and inter-agency collaboration. It is so important to understand the scope of this abuse in order to protect our citizens, identify those at risk, and report any mistreatment.