MARK G. BARNARD, Chief of Police
Monday, January 12, 2015 Mayor Jim Gray conducts the swearing-in ceremony for Mark G. Barnard, Lexington's Chief of Police.
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.
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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".