BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a small town with big time criminal activity.

That's why Bardstown's police chief is making some major moves to make the police department stronger and the city safer.

That involves extra manpower and special training that you don't typically see in small cities.

"I enjoy meeting people, I enjoy talking to people," said Officer Shannon Hall, Bardstown PD's hostage negotiator.

Officer Hall has the gift of gab and that's a good thing.

"It helps to calm people. To be able to keep them from being irate," Hall said.

Because in her new role as hostage negotiator, her mouth is just as important as a gun and badge.

"I am here to help, that's what I want to do: save lives and help people," said Officer Hall.

Officer Hall is part of Chief McCubbin's plan to make the department more self-sufficient.

"I want us to be able to handle most anything situation that comes our way," Chief McCubbin said.

The area has had some pretty high profile cases, which include the murder of Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis, the murders of a Nelson County mother and daughter, and the disappearance of Crystal Rogers.

"All three of those actually occurred outside the city limits of Bardstown. So, it wouldn't have fallen into our jurisdiction to begin with," Chief McCubbin said.

But he said by adding a hostage negotiator, an accident reconstructionist and simulated training, his department will be able to handle more cases.

"We are going to take care of our own problems in other words is what I am looking at."

Which is why Officer Shannon Hall is armed with this certificate from hostage negotiation class and ready to use what she learned.

"I want them to be able to trust me and to allow me to help them if I can," Hall said.

The chief said once everyone is in place, the department should have less of a need to reach out to bigger agencies like LMPD and KSP.

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