Public safety is the number-one “general function” expenditure category (utilities are not considered a “general function”), with nearly $900 million spent in FY 2011. Public safety costs include police, fire, ambulance, corrections, inspection and code enforcement activities, dispatch (such as 911) and any other activity that promotes the protection of life and property. Hazardous duty retirement through the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) and other employee benefit costs for public safety personnel are included.
Several mandates exist related to public safety organization and personnel. These mandates are largely tied to classification and deal with work schedules, collective bargaining, merit systems, jurisdiction and others. However, with the exception of second and third class cities, the requirement to maintain municipal fire and police departments is entirely optional.
- KLC Research Report: Today's Kentucky City - A Comprehensive Analysis of City Operations (link)
- 2013 Legislative Update (PDF)
- KLC Research Report: Classification of Cities (PDF)
- KLCIS Online University (link)
- Kentucky State Police crime reports (link)
- Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) (link)
- Kentucky Fire Commission State Fire Rescue Training (link)
- Chapter 10 of the City Officials Legal Handbook (link)