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There’s a new lawman in town.
Greg Crockett has assumed the role of captain at Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge.
Crockett, a 16-year veteran of the KSP, begin his new assignment on Aug. 15.
He was worked as a trooper, followed by a detective and then as part of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s security detail, as a sergeant, then as a lieutenant in the criminal identification/records branch of KSP in Frankfort and finally as a captain.
“I guess you could say I’ve been a lot of places,” he said.
Crockett has spent the first few weeks on the job traveling around the 10-county post area covered by Post 6, which includes Grant, Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Bracken, Robertson, Nicholas, Harrison and Bourbon counties. He’s trying to meet with as many local law enforcement officials as time permits. In doing so, he said he wants to find out what their concerns are and how the agencies can work cooperatively to battle crime.
“I care deeply about what is going on in this community. I want to talk to the local sheriff’s or police chiefs to find out what kind of crime is happening here,” Crockett said.
Drugs are always on his radar.
“I spent five years working undercover in the narcotics unit and I know that drugs are the underlying factor for a lot of crime. It’s the root of most crimes,” he said.
Methamphetamine and heroin are two drugs that Crockett said he is concerned about and because of that he plans to set up more drug details.
Crockett’s approach to law enforcement is that he be “fair but firm.”
“I believe you should treat everyone fairly, but also firmly,” he said.
Crockett said he believes his years in law enforcement have honed his mediation skills.
He has three sons and calls Lexington home.
When he’s not on the job, he enjoys playing golf and watching most sports. He’s played on the KSP traveling softball team.
“I recently attended my first Bengals game and it was exciting,” he said.
For now, Crockett is concentrating on learning his new community.
“It’s a new opportunity and I look forward to working here. I’m concerned about what is happening and in doing what’s right to improve it,” he said.