Kentucky State Police recently named two new detectives to the ranks at Post 10.
Craig Miller and Josh Howard were both promoted to detectives on Jan. 1.
Miller graduated from the state police academy in 2012.
“I worked the road a little bit over a year when some detective spots came open,” said Miller. “I’d been interested for awhile and put in for it, and I was selected to be one of the detectives.”
Prior to joining the KSP, Miller spent six years with Harlan City Police.
Miller is a lifelong resident of Harlan County, having been raised in Lynch.
“I had always thought about being a police office since a young age,” said Miller. “I was given the opportunity by the Cumberland Police Department to start out. Once I got into the field of law enforcement, I knew this was right for me.”
Miller said he has always enjoyed police work.
“I got as much experience as I could, then decided that I wanted to be a Kentucky State Trooper,” said Miller.
Miller graduated from Cumberland High School in 2004.
“Being able to help people that can’t help themselves,” said Miller, when asked what he anticipated to be the best part of being a detective.
KSP detectives are responsible for a wide range of investigations, according to Miller.
“It could be anything from a Weed Eater theft to a murder,” said Miller.
Howard has followed a similar path, graduating from the academy in the same class as Miller.
Howard is also a longtime resident of Harlan, graduating from Harlan High School in 1998.
“This is my 10th year in law enforcement,” said Howard. “I’ve been with the state police almost two years.”
Howard said prior to joining KSP, he worked with the Harlan Police Department, the Evarts Police Department and the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office.
“I’ve had many different roles throughout my career,” said Howard. “I was assigned to Post 10 from the academy and worked as a road trooper until Dec. 15, when I was assigned to the detective division.”
Howard has also worked with the K9 unit.
“I’m looking forward to the new role, being given the opportunity to investigate crimes ranging from murders to thefts, burglaries and robberies,” said Howard.
Howard grew up in Baxter and currently lives in Totz.
“Law enforcement has been an interest of mine since I was a kid,” said Howard. “I finally got the opportunity and I’m happy to be here.”
Howard said detective work is different than his previous law enforcement duties.
“It’s different,” said Howard. “It’s a different side of policing.”
Miller and Howard are currently assigned to the detective division at Post 10.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 113 or on Twitter @joe_hde