Back home again

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Freeman is this week’s Behind the Badge participant.

Home has a special place in everyone’s heart, but Jason Freeman knows this from a different perspective.

Freeman, 36, is a Bell County native who always wanted to catch bad guys.

“You can ask my mom, when I was a kid I dreamed of being a police officer. Granted, it’s not everything you think it’s going to be and some of the most memorable stuff is the bad stuff, but I know I’m where I’m supposed to be,” said Freeman.

After graduating from Bell Central High School in 1998, Freeman went to Morehead State University. In 2000, he began working for the Lexington Metro Police Department.

In 2006, he returned to Bell County to work for Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

“Yes, I had a good job in Lexington, but I wanted to come back and help here,” Freeman said. “I was raised here and I want my children to be raised here too.”

Freeman is assigned to the Harlan, Bell and Knox area, but reports to the London operations office on I-75. Working the U.S. 25E and interstate arteries, Freeman said they never know what they will find when pulling over commercial vehicles or when they come through the weigh station.

Some of his duties include being called in to assist with fatal or injury wrecks involving a commercial vehicle. He’s also worked drug busts and assisted the FBI in cases involving commercial vehicles.

In one of his most memorable cases, Freeman stopped a tractor trailer and the trailer was stolen. The trailer was loaded with canisters of baby formula. He said after the driver’s arrest, multiple phones were found to be in his possession with one including child pornography. The case was turned over to the FBI for further investigation.

“People drive every day and they take for granted what they’re doing. You do it almost every day and you just don’t realize how dangerous it can be,” he said.

Freeman currently lives in Pineville with his children Gracie and Trace. In his spare time he volunteers as a youth basketball coach, for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and the Repair Affair program.

KSP Capt. Shawn Hines, with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division, said he is glad to have Freeman back in Bell County.

“Officer Freeman came to the agency with a wealth of knowledge from his prior years with the Lexington Police Department,” Hines said. “He is an asset to his local community and he has a son and daughter that he actively involves himself in their interest.”

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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