A Louisville native with law enforcement in his genes and nearly an entire 20-year career in homicide and narcotics detective work recently joined the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.
Detective Bryan Luckett said being a law enforcement officer is the only career he ever wanted.
"My father retired as a detective from the Louisville Division of Police and from the time I was young, I just wanted to follow in his footsteps," he said. "I've never wanted to do anything else."
Just after high school, Luckett joined the Army National Guard and attended military police school. On Sept. 20, 1999, he signed on as an officer with Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and switched to U.S. Naval Reserves, in which he continues to serve. During his 17.5 years of service with LMPD, he worked street crimes and investigated narcotics crimes; when he left LMPD to join Kentucky State Police Post 1, he was the sergeant in the homicide division.
"Doing investigations is my passion," Luckett said. "It's where my experience lies and it's what I enjoy doing. You get a chance to help a lot of people, a lot of crime victims who need help. It's a satisfying job, seeing the case the whole way through from beginning to end."
Also during his time at LMPD, Luckett met his wife, Kelly, a Graves County native who was also an officer with LMPD. He said as a younger woman she dreamed of being a police officer in a big city but when she became a mother, she wanted to return to the small town life in western Kentucky.
That move prompted a career change for Luckett, who joined KSP Post 1 in 2017 and served as public affairs officer until he retired Jan. 1, 2020.
"I couldn't be happier to be in Marshall County," Luckett said. "It's a good bunch of guys with great experience and it's a good crew to be working with."
Marshall County Sheriff Eddie McGuire said, "Detective Luckett brings a vast array of investigative experience to our team. His time as a homicide and narcotics detective with Louisville Metro Police Department prepared him to help our office solve some of its most difficult cases. We welcome him with open arms."
Luckett and Kelly live in Graves County with their four children, McKinsey, Max, Macey and Lucas.