KACP CHIEF OF THE YEAR AWARD – 2017
Presented at the Annual Conference in Paducah
Chief Wayne Turner has built an exemplary 30-year career in law enforcement, serving as the Chief of Police at his current agency for the past five years.
He has also served more than 24 years in the United States Army and Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serving under General David Petraeus in Iraq.
But, he has also been extremely successful chairing the KACP Legislative Committee, where he has basically served as a legislative agent, representing the interests of law enforcement across the Commonwealth.
In just a few short years, Chief Turner has proven to be a respected, knowledgeable, focused and successful lobbyist, often testifying before legislative committees in Frankfort on a variety of bills, including KLEFPF, proposed changes to the pension system, criminal justice reform and personnel issues. He has become the “Go To” voice of law enforcement when groups such as KLC, KACO and others need information, leadership or support when meeting with legislators or officials from the Governor’s office, including Justice Secretary John Tilley.
During the legislative sessions, which typically run from January into early Spring, he is in Frankfort nearly every day, keeping a close eye on the legislation and issues that present the greatest impact -both good and bad – for law enforcement.
During the 2016 legislative session, he worked with other organizations – including the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association and the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police – on securing the $4,000 KLEFPF annual training stipend for law enforcement officers, which statewide amounted to more than $60 million dollars.
He also worked side by side with Sen. Danny Carroll of Paducah, to pass the “rehire bill”, which allows city police departments to rehire retired law enforcement officers. The bill not only helped save cities money but also put experienced officers back on the street.
During the 2017 legislative session, Chief Turner was instrumental in the passage of bills dealing with criminal justice reform; stronger penalties for trafficking any amount of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanyl and fentanyl derivatives that are destroying Kentucky lives and families; and the Blue Lives Matter bill, which allows attacks on law enforcement as well as fire fighters and EMTS to be considered a hate crime.
But his work is equally as impressive and important in changing or killing bills that would be detrimental and dangerous to the general public and law enforcement, such as a bill that would have expanded concealed carry of firearms on school grounds.
Whether he is on the streets protecting the residents of his community, on the battlefields of the Middle East defending his country or in the State Capitol looking out for the interests of law enforcement and public safety, Chief Turner is a true public servant who deserves our praise, support and above all our respect.
Please join with us in recognizing our 2017 Chief of the Year, Chief Wayne Turner of the Bellevue Police Department.