Sheriff Keith Cain 

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The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the county.  He is constitutionally charged with the responsibility of preserving the public peace within his community.  Our responsibilities cover the entire spectrum of law enforcement.  We are executive officers of the courts and thusly execute warrants, writs, and other processes directed to us by various courts of jurisdiction.

I and my deputies are active in presenting information and training to the public on such topics as safety, crime prevention, and other topics of mutual concern, tailored to our community's specific needs.

The Daviess County Sheriff's Department participates in a relatively new policing concept; Community Oriented Policing.  It is NOT a program, but a style and philosophy of police service delivery, designed to accomplish a law enforcement mission.  Community Oriented Policing (COPS) allows the community and law enforcement agencies to work closely together to enhance crime control.

My goal as your Sheriff is to develop a well trained, efficient, and professional law enforcement office which continuously strives to provide outstanding service to the citizens of Daviess County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In pursuit of this goal, I have attempted to build an organization with outstanding individuals who evince high moral integrity and the motivation to work with pride to accomplish this mission.

Working together, we are committed to making a positive difference in our community.


Sheriff Cain is a veteran of the USMC, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.  He has served with the Sheriff’s Department since 1974. He has one son, Jason, and two granddaughters, Alexis and Alyssa.   His career includes serving in the capacities of Patrol Deputy, Chief Deputy, and the Chief of Investigations.  His work experience also includes extensive Narcotics Investigations, both in an undercover capacity and as case investigator.  His police awards include numerous citations, letters of merit, and the American Police Hall of Fame’s  “Silver Star for Bravery”.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education from Western Kentucky University.  He is a graduate of both the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the National Sheriffs’ Institute in Longmont, Colorado.  Sheriff Cain has successfully completed numerous schools and seminars across the nation in various topics related to the Criminal Justice profession.  He is certified as a Police Instructor by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.  In 2001 he was recognized by then United States Attorney (Western Kentucky) Steve Reed for his efforts on “Operation United Front”, an initiative directed at curtailing the influx of clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing in Western Kentucky.

Sheriff Cain is an adjunct instructor at the Owensboro Community College where he teaches Criminal Investigation, Criminal Procedure, and other selected topics in law enforcement.  He also chairs the institution’s Advisory Committee for the Law Enforcement curriculum.  He lectures extensively nationally and has published numerous articles concerning the escalation of methamphetamine use and its impact on law enforcement and the community. He has served since 2001 on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, an entity responsible for the certification for all law enforcement training in Kentucky. He was elected chairman of the council in 2008 and currently serves in that capacity.
 Sheriff Cain is a graduate (1993) of Leadership Owensboro and was recognized by Leadership Owensboro Alumni in July of 2001 with their “Outstanding Alumni” award in the field of “Justice”.  In August, 2004 he was the recipient of the “Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Law Enforcement”, which was presented at the KY Chiefs of Police Association Conference in Jefferstown, KY.  He was again presented the award by Governor Steve Beshear at a ceremony held at the Capitol rotunda, becoming the only person to have twice received the award.

 In June, 2005, Sheriff Cain was awarded the Kentucky State Police’s Aide de Camp Award by Commissioner Mark Miller, for his work on SB63, comprehensive methamphetamine legislation passed by the Kentucky General Assembly.

Sheriff Cain is a twice past President of the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association (2004 & 2008) and was recognized as the Association’s 2003 Sheriff of the Year.  He is also a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association where he is active on both the Narcotics Enforcement (Chairman) and Domestic Violence committees.  He was honored in January 2007 with an appointment to the NSA’s Board of Directors, and subsequently elected to a permanent position on the Board in July 2007 at the Association’s Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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* Last update 07/05/2005