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Casey Center of SCC to house Kentucky State Police field office

By Meghann Holmes
SCC Public Relations

On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Casey Center of Somerset Community College opened its doors to the Kentucky State Police (KSP), who will be using the Casey Center as a field office.

In a small ceremony opening the Casey Center International Festival, Judy Sapp, Director of the Center, presented keys to the facility to Detective George Atwood and Trooper Mike Woodrum. Keys were also given to Major Mike Sapp and Trooper Wendell Higginbottom.

The Kentucky State Police have headquarters for their troopers at different locations throughout the state. The headquarters for officers serving Casey County is in Columbia, KY. The Troopers, who patrol Casey County have, in the past, used the local police station to do paperwork, case reports, etc., but that arrangement can sometimes be cramped, said Detective George Atwood.

By offering them a place to use in the evenings and overnight, SCCs Casey Center is not only supporting the State Police and practicing good public relations, but they will also gain the benefit of security for the SCC students and employees, Sapp explained.

SCC Casey Center students range in age from 20 to 50+. Because of the high volume of non-traditional students, who have jobs and families to care for, all Casey Center classes begin in the early afternoon and run through the evening. While there have been no criminal incidents at the center, the presence of the State Troopers will be welcome by both students and employees.

Judy Sapp says, Casey Center is pleased to have the Kentucky State Police Field Office in our Center. I know they will be a valuable asset to our faculty and students.

There will be Kentucky State Police stickers on the doors of the SCC Casey Center as evidence of their presence.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Russell and Casey Counties. The website is Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.

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Judy Sapp (center), Director of the Casey Center of Somerset Community College, presents the keys to the facility located on North U.S. 127 to Kentucky State Police Detective George Atwood (right) and Trooper Mike Woodrum (left) on Tuesday, Oct. 11. State Troopers will be using the Casey Center as their field office while patrolling the county. The arrangement will provide security for students and staff at the center and a convenient location for the KSP to do paperwork. (Photo by Meghann Holmes)