The value of leadership within the agency is underscored by providing an organizational climate that encourages learning opportunities for our employees.
Effective customer service is reflected in the positive manner in which we address community needs. We focus on exemplary service, which enhances the quality of life for citizens and visitors.
The emphasis on maintaining a quality work environment for our employees encourages the delivery of quality service to the citizens of Lexington.
The utilization of technology, human resources, diverse groups, and individuals increases the efficiency of the Division to respond to the dynamic needs of the community.
The Division encourages community partnerships via outreach. This creates positive relationships and opportunities to benefit the community.
Ronnie J. Bastin, Chief of Police
Chief Ronnie Bastin began his career with the Lexington Division of Police on October 15, 1984. His law enforcement employment actually began in 1978 at Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, working two years as a Correction Officer and the remaining four years as a Case Manager.
Chief Bastin is a 1978 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics. In 1982 he earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky. He is also a 1997 graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course.
Appointed by Mayor Jim Newberry on January 7, 2008, Chief Bastin has been tasked to provide innovative leadership and executive oversight for all police services in Lexington and Fayette County, along with the management of a nearly $62 million dollar budget and over 700 full and part time employees. He has held every rank within the Division of Police; starting at the rank of Officer in 1984, promoted to Sergeant in 1990, to Lieutenant in 1993 and to Captain in 1995. He was appointed to the rank of Major in 1998 and in 2001 to Assistant Chief.
Chief Bastin has served in a variety of assignments within the Division of Police. He worked in the Bureau of Patrol before being assigned to the Training Unit, and also served a lengthy stint as a member of the Emergency Response Unit. As a member of the Training Unit, he coordinated recruit and in-service training and managed the daily operations and instruction provided at the Police Firing Range. In 1993 he assumed command of the Training Unit and recruitment for the Division of Police.
In June of 2005, the Assistant Chief Bastin assumed the command of the Division’s largest bureau, the Bureau of Operations. He was responsible for management of the delivery of police services by the Patrol Section, Traffic Section and Operational Support Services.
Chief Bastin also coordinated two outstanding programs that have garnered significant attention and recognition within the national and international law enforcement communities. The Advanced Language Program, which enables officers to acquire greater Spanish language proficiency and knowledge of the Latino culture, was honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2002 by receiving the prestigious Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. In 2005 this same program was selected as one of just 18 finalists, from a pool of over 1,000 applicants for Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award.
The second program guided by Chief Bastin is the Division’s Minority Recruitment Program. It has been selected as a model recruiting program by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Based on the success of this program, the International Association of Chiefs of Police invited the Division of Police to participate in their Collaborative Leadership Project, which is focused on developing a national model for law enforcement minority recruitment.
Chief Bastin is a member of the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP), the Kentucky Association of Chief’s of Police (KACP) and the Kentucky Peace Officers Association (KPOA).
In 2004 he was appointed by the IACP President to serve on the Police Image and Ethics Committee. Chief Bastin has also presented national and international workshops for law enforcement executives.
Chief Bastin has received numerous awards commendations during his career including the Lexington Division of Police Distinguished Service Award, which was presented at the 2006 Police Awards Banquet. His personnel file contains five Professional Esteem Awards, one Professional Service Award and forty-four letters of Appreciation.
Chief Bastin and his wife Sandra have two children, James and Victoria.
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ABOUT LEXINGTON AND THE DIVISION OF POLICE
Lexington, the county seat of Fayette County, lies in the bluegrass region of Kentucky. It is noted for the breeding and sale of Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses, a major burley tobacco market, and diversified manufacturing. Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky, famous for the UK Wildcats. Transylvania University, the oldest college west of the Allegheny Mountains, is also located here.
When Lexington was incorporated as a town on December 7, 1831, it was given certain police powers by the Acts of the General Assembly. The first policemen were called watchmen. Since that time Lexington has maintained a police force.1890's Police Force
As Lexington has grown and changed, so has it's law enforcement agency. In 1974, Lexington and Fayette County merged their governments, making it the one of two Urban County Governments in the state and Kentucky's second largest city. Merger resulted in the development of the present day Lexington Division of Police.
The Division of Police currently has authorized 570 sworn personnel and more than 150 civilian personnel to serve a population of approximately 270,000. Well over 550 vehicles are included in the Division's fleet to patrol the 284 square miles of jurisdiction. The majority of these vehicles are a part of the Home Fleet Plan which gives officers take-home privilege. The budget for the Division of Police is now in excess of 49 million dollars annually. The Division has benefited from many equipment improvements and enhancements such as a Mobile Crime Lab, Mobile Command Post, and the Enhanced 911 phone system. Officers and detectives now use computers to process information and can expedite information more efficiently. In recent years, the sector system was implemented to enhance the quality and responsiveness of police services throughout the community.
The Division continues to enjoy a great deal of support from the community and our elected officials. The excellent work the police officers are doing every day speaks for itself. Crime is down, and the level of police service is at an all-time high. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police is an organization of well-trained, dedicated and disciplined men and women who work together to make Lexington truly the "Heart of the Bluegrass".