Established in 1948 by the act of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky State Police is a full-service statewide law enforcement agency. It promotes public safety, identifies and solves criminal cases and safeguards citizens rights. The agency operates a police academy that serves as a comprehensive center for police training. Kentucky State Police maintains a Special Response Team (SRT) that deals with high-risk and dangerous situations, including high-risk warrant arrests and explosive devices, as well as heavily armed criminals and barricaded persons. It also has a K-9 unit that handles issues related to drug intervention, tracking, and searches for persons, buildings and evidence. Kentucky State Police operates a station in Hazard, Ky.