Bardstown Police Department
Bardstown is Kentucky's second-oldest city and the police department dates back to 1824. Prior to this, like most towns in Kentucky, law enforcement fell to the local sheriff and his deputies to maintain order. In May 1824, the town was protected by a patrol of 12 men who were organized into two platoons of six; six men patrolled from twlight to 1:00AM and six men from 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM. There is no record of salary, therefore concluding that the patrol group consisted of volunteers who were concerned with law and order within the city limits. In the 1850's a town marshal was approved and appointed with the duties of enforcing town ordinances and maintaining peace.
Records indicate that several different men served in this capacity, but due to the increase in distilleries, none were successful in their attempts. The consumption of alcohol by the young men of Bardstown led to violence and disorderly conduct. The "town fathers" of Bardstown had appointed several town marshals to "run things in a more quiet and harmless way", but gave up and appointed George Hunter, who would strictly enforce the laws. George W. Hunter's life is a book written by his grandson, George W. Hunter; The Daring Lawman of Nelson County, KY by Wood E. Hunter, Sr. Marshal Hunter was sworn in January 14, 1868 and was given a yearly salary of $600.00. George Hunter served two different terms as town marshal (1868-1872; 1877-1880). He also was a deputy sheriff and a deputy U.S. marshal. In 1863, four men were officially listed as "City Watch" and were paid $20.00 a month to patrol the streets of Bardstown.
In the December 13th, 1865 minutes, a "police force of six men are hereby appointed" leading to the first fulltime, paid police force that has continued to grow and today, has 30 employees - an authorized strength of 27 officers and three civilians who proudly serve the people and community of Bardstown.Chief Kim Kraeszig
Kim Kraeszig began her career in law enforcement in 1994 with the Louisville Division of Police and then with the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department. She served in various positions including patrol officer, detective, public information officer, sergeant, lieutenant, major, and assistant chief of the Patrol Bureau. She retired from LMPD July 31, 2017, after 23 years of service. She was selected to serve as chief of the Bardstown Police Department on September 6, 2017.
Chief Kraeszig is part of a continuing family line of law enforcement professionals. Together her family has dedicated over 118 years of service to this community.
Bardstown Police Station
212 Nelson County Plaza
Bardstown, KY 40004