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KSP Post 1 Detective and Troopers Receive Awards

Date of News Release: 06/13/2015

(Left to Right) Trooper Cory Hamby, Trooper Mark Franklin, Detective Brett Miller

(Lexington, KY) - The Kentucky State Police held their annual awards ceremony on June 11, 2015 in Lexington, KY. A Detective and two Troopers from Post 1 were honored at the ceremony.

Detective Brett S. Miller, a Mayfield, Ky. resident, was named 2014 Kentucky State Police Detective of the Year. Miller was selected as the overall recipient among 15 other KSP detectives across the state. A 10-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to KSP Post 1 in Mayfield.

Miller is a graduate of the Kentucky Criminalistics Academy and an expert in evidence collection and crime scene processing. In 2014, he was the lead investigator on several high profile cases including:

  • A quadruple homicide in Trigg County that put his training, experience and skill to the test due to multiple crime scenes both inside and outside of a residence. Using a state-of-the-art three-dimensional scanner, he helped preserve and document evidence that led to the arrest and indictment of two suspects.
  • A Livingston County case where human remains were discovered on a bank of the Tennessee River where Miller was able to locate additional remains partially buried in the sand. The evidence helped to identify the victim of a boating accident one year earlier and brought closure to the victim's family.
  • The successful death investigations of a prosecutor and police officer.

Miller is also active in the investigation of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) complaints and conducts undercover computer efforts to locate and apprehend child sex predators.

A 1994 graduate of Calloway Co. High School, Miller is the son of David and Meredith Miller of Murray, Ky.

Trooper Cory Hamby, a Paducah resident, was named 2014 Trooper of the Year for the Post 1 District. During 2014, Trooper Hamby issued 682 citations. He arrested 24 individuals for driving under the influence, investigated 48 motor vehicle collisions, investigated 57 criminal cases, and made 129 criminal arrests. A native of Marion, Kentucky, Trooper Hamby is a 4 1/2 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and is assigned to the west squad with Graves County as his primary county of assignment.

Hamby is a 2006 graduate of Crittenden County High School and attended Murray State University. Hamby is the son of Tim and Amy Hamby of Marion, Ky.

Senior Trooper Mark Franklin received the Citation for Meritorious Service. This award is bestowed upon officers of the agency who distinguish themselves by an act of meritorious service of such exceptional character that it contributed to the success of a major command or endeavor.

Trooper Franklin received this award for his actions on July 7, 2013. Franklin responded to an apartment complex near Fulton, Ky. to assist local law enforcement officers with an armed subject. After arriving on scene, Franklin coordinated efforts with local law enforcement officers to evacuate the tenants of the apartment complex for their safety. During the incident, the offender fired a pistol at officers on scene. Trooper Franklin returned fire and was able to take the offender into custody. Trooper Franklin's quick action preserved the lives of two local law enforcement officers as well as countless others within the apartment complex. Senior Trooper Mark Franklin is a native of Mobile Alabama and an Army veteran. He is a 15 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.