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Milligan, Robert E. (Bob)

Robert E. Milligan, from Georgetown, KY, was the first African American Kentucky State Police captain in November of 1992. He was assigned command over the Hazard, Kentucky, State Police Post. Milligan was also the first to become a major with the Kentucky State Police in 1999.

He had graduated from the State Police Academy in 1976 and was employed with the state police following his graduation. He was promoted to sergeant in 1985, lieutenant in 1988, a captain in 1992, and major in 1999. Milligan was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2000 and retired in 2003. He was named Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Director of Law Enforcement in 2006. Milligan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

For more see Robert E. Milligan in the FBI National Academy Associates Newsletter, Winter 1990-1991, p.22 [online at Google Books]; M. Young, "First Black makes rank of captain of State Police," The Louisville Defender, 01/09/1992, pp. 1 and 2; Robert Mulligan in "KSP promotes female officer from Henderson," Evansville Courier & Press, 12/04/2000, Metro section, p. B3; "KSP has first black major," The Messenger, 11/09/1999, front page; "State wildlife officers have new commander," The Paducah Sun, 06/17/2006, p.1D.

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NKAA Source: The Louisville defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Evansville courier & press (newspaper)
NKAA Source: FBI national academy associates newsletter (periodical)
NKAA Source: The Paducah sun (newspaper)

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