Kentucky State Police Trooper First Class Shane Jacobs is seen by many as the face of the Kentucky State Police, with his duties as public affairs officer putting him in front of news cameras on occasions both somber and happy.
Jacobs, 36, began his law enforcement career in 2000 with the Knott County Sheriff’s Office.
“To me, policing means being able to keep our communities safe and helping others — and most importantly — educating our younger generation about drugs, safe driving and the importance of obeying laws,” says Jacobs.
A 1998 graduate of Knott County Central High School, Jacobs furthered his education by attending Hazard Community College. After hiring on with the Knott County Sheriff’s Office, Jacobs spent 18 weeks completing the Department of Criminal Justice Training program in Richmond. He then returned to the Knott County Sheriff’s Office where he continued to serve for approximately 18 months. He then moved on to the Kentucky State Police, where he has served for 13 years.
When he’s not on duty, he devotes time to helping youth. An active member of the Barbourville Church of God, Jacobs works as a youth leader in his church. He also makes time to participate in other volunteer activities including sports and scouts.
When asked what he considers the most memorable aspect of the job, Jacobs doesn’t cite a criminal case but rather some of the more positive activities he’s been involved in with the state police.
“As a public affairs officer, I’m blessed with the opportunity to help over 60 kids each year participate in the KSP “Shop with a Trooper” program,” Jacobs said. “I’m also able to send 32 kids to Trooper Island each year. These programs really make a difference in our youth. It is a great way as a trooper to be able to give back to our community. It’s a feeling that you can’t explain. You get to see those young kid’s faces as they get to enjoy spending time with a trooper. Every December I’m also blessed to help with our KSP ‘Cram the Cruiser’ campaign. Post 10 has won the award for collecting the most food in the state several years in a row. This food is taken to our local homeless shelters and food pantries.”
Post 10 Commander P.J. Burnett says Jacobs is a tremendous asset.
“Trooper First Class Shane Jacobs is exactly what his title indicates — “first class,” said Burnett. “Jacobs is the public affairs officer for Post 10. He is the direct link for information between the KSP, the media and the community. Shane has raised tens of thousands of dollars for needy children in the Post 10 area so they can attend Shop with a Trooper and Trooper Island. He has also coordinated all Post 10 efforts for the ‘Cram the Cruiser’ campaign. This campaign has resulted in thousands of pounds of food going to needy and hungry families in our area. Shane Jacobs is a tremendous asset to Post 10 and the KSP.”
Jacobs lives in Barbourville with his wife Dana and their three daughters, Bryna, Bella and Blakely.
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