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Bernardi to retire from Shepherdsville Police

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - After nearly 30 years in law enforcement, Capt. Ken Bernardi of the Shepherdsville Police Department is embarking on a new venture in life.

Bernardi will close out his second career in law enforcement on Feb. 1 as second in command of the Shepherdsville Police Department. He will then begin his next career as a regional supervisor for a company that sells equipment to police agencies.

“I have enjoyed my time in Shepherdsville,” said Bernardi, who joined the local force in April 2005 after a 24-year career with the Louisville Metro police department.

Bernardi, who graduated from Bullitt Central High, said it was a pleasure to return and see so many good people, many of whom he remembered from his youth. It was also a pleasure to see a top-flight police department continue to make improvements.

Two major accomplishments during his time included getting the documentation in place for the department to receive accreditation, making it one of the few in the state to earn such an honor. Also, he was proud to help the city secure over $300,000 in grant money, including a COPS police officer.

He has also been instrumental in working with the Scout Explorer Post for teens looking to go into law enforcement and served for several years as the DARE officer.

“I am confident the new administration will continue to support the police department,” said Bernardi, whose last day on duty will be Friday, Jan. 7. “Chief (Doug) Puckett is an excellent person to work for.”