After a month at the helm of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF), Jacky Hunt is settled in and motivated to help remove illegal drugs off the streets of Logan and Simpson Counties.
Hunt became the director of the SCKDTF Feb. 17th, 2014, after serving as assistant chief deputy of Simpson County. Hunt is also a retiree from the Kentucky State Police (KSP). He has 22 years experience in law enforcement with some of the toughest beats out there including: homicide, narcotics and organized crime. He spent the last 10 years with state’s DE-SI West, which is a special drug enforcement unit, covering 60 counties in Kentucky specializing in narcotics investigations.
“I wanted to bring my experience to this area to help continue the efforts being made at the SCKDTF,” said Hunt, who feels the task force is a very important organization, one that is making a difference in the fight against illegal drugs.
“A drug task force, such as the SCKDTF, is very important. I can remember when Logan and Simpson didn’t have a task force and local agencies tried their best to work on illegal drug investigations on their own, they were isolated. Now with the task force, we can all work together on the common goal,” said Hunt, adding the task force works closely with state and federal agencies as well, which helps a great deal.
“We now have contacts all over the country. For instance, if we hear of a drug shipment coming from California, we now have those connections to warn us. We have access to communication we didn’t have ten years ago. Instead of one agency fighting the drugs, we now have a whole task force to focus on it, and address the problems in Logan and Simpson Counties and the cities of Russellville and Franklin.”
Hunt said he didn’t plan on getting into the area of narcotics, but said it was probably just a natural progression since he was used to the investigative side of law enforcement from when he worked in homicide.
“I found I had a niche with investigations, and working with task force I feel is something that l I can help through my experience,” said Hunt.
Hunt, however, is not new to law enforcement as he comes from a long line of family who have served.
“My grandfather was a sheriff and mother served in the police department. I have uncles, aunts and cousins who all have served and are serving in law enforcement. I guess I got it honest,” chuckled Hunt.
As director of the SCKDTF, Hunt is responsible for many duties including organizing and supervising agents, checking all reports and investigations, assuring the proper training for all agents, overseeing day-to-day operations, overseeing the budget and working closely with agency heads, which include the mayors, county judges, sheriffs and chiefs of police in Logan and Simpson County and Russellville and Franklin.
“It is our job as well to make sure we are serving those agencies the best we can for they have a vested interest in this as well.
Hunt said he is happy to be working for the citizens of the counties and cities he serves and assures those citizens there are dedicated agents working on getting illegal drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our children.
“There are many agents risking their lives out there on a day-to-day basis,” said Hunt. ” They are in the backdrop, and they are fighting this everyday.”