Mounted Horse Patrol Unit

bio picWritten by Kimberly Toop

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.’

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Traci Caneer and the Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Council

kristenWritten by Kristen Morrill

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.

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Jessica Hardin one of our summer interns is also walking on Kentucky women’s basketball team. She goes to basketball practice at 6am. After practice she cleans up and comes to be one of our super star intern. At 4pm she goes to an afternoon practice. Jessica is a very impressive young women.

Jessica Hardin one of our summer interns is also walking on Kentucky women's basketball team. She goes to basketball practice at 6am. After practice she cleans up and comes to be one of our super star intern. At 4pm she goes to an afternoon practice. Jessica is a very impressive young women.

Posted by Ray the D.A. on Monday, July 11, 2016



Superstar Intern Crystal is back from her Alaskan cruise to fight crime!

Superstar Intern Crystal is back from her Alaskan cruise to fight crime! #raythedalex #interns

Posted by Ray the D.A. on Monday, July 11, 2016



Lexington’s Federal Prison Is Not What You Would Expect

drewBy Drew Teague

On Wednesday, the interns left the office early and trekked down Leestown Road to the federal prison in the city, which is a federal medical center for the federal prison system.

The outside has great architecture and looks nice, then we all realized that there were high fences with barbed wire all over the place. As we walked up to the double gated entrance there was a group of female inmates who were taking care of the landscaping around the property, from cutting grass to trimming bushes, more on them later.

Once we entered we had to check-in, go through metal detectors in a similar fashion to a TSA line at the airport, including taking our shoes off. We finally had to get a stamp on our hands that was visible in blacklight, this ultimately was our ticket out of the facility.

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