Keeping Bell safe

Debbie Caldwell|Daily News Kentucky State Police Trooper George Howard is this week’s “Behind the Badge” participant.

Kentucky State Police Trooper George Howard strives to make a positive impact on the community, such as being a role model for the youth and making the community a safer place for all citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

While working with numerous local law enforcement agencies, the 39-year-old trooper from Pineville has served Bell County for the past 16 years. His police career began in 1999 when he worked at the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. In 2003, Howard began working for the Pineville Police Department, where he stayed until 2005 when he began working for the Kentucky State Police. Howard has spent the last decade with KSP where Capt. P.J. Burnett says he has used his experience to help keep people safe.

“Trooper Howard is a veteran trooper who has utilized his experience from local agencies as well as the KSP to help the citizens of Bell County,” said Burnett. “Trooper Howard has worked his entire law enforcement career in Bell County, and as a result his knowledge and experience is extremely beneficial to the KSP in day-to-day operations.”

Burnett expressed his respect for Howard by saying how well-served his post and the county are.

Howard stressed that there is not a single case that sticks out in his mind as memorable. Instead, all cases that result in getting criminals off the streets are important to him.

“There’s not just one case, but all cases that result in an arrest and prosecution of a perpetrator, which makes the community a safer place, is important to me,” said Howard.

Howard is a graduate of Bell County High School and Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. He enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.

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