The primary responsibility of the Internal Affairs Section is to ensure the integrity of the Division of Police. The Internal Affairs Section also monitors the relationship between the community and the Division of Police and strives to nurture mutual trust. It serves as a mechanism of internal accountability by receiving, processing and investigating complaints concerning police conduct. These complaints may allege violations of criminal law or Division policy and may originate from outside sources or from within the Division.
A full-time inspector conducts regular inspections as outlined by Division policy and CALEA standards. This office inspects the many Division facilities, personnel and equipment to ensure high standards noting not only inefficiencies but also exemplary systems, which may be useful in other parts of the Division. The inspector also acts as the safety coordinator ensuring safety standards are being met.
Because the Division of Police is accountable to the community, the Internal Affairs Section is actively involved in several community-based programs. This contact with citizens allows for feedback on police initiatives within the community and is used in the instruction and training function of Internal Affairs. The Internal Affairs Section provides instruction in Ethical Decision Making and Character Based Leadership Skills for new recruits and supervisors.
The Internal Affairs Section fosters a close relationship with the court system through the office of Court Liaison and representation in the Drug Court. The primary function of the Court Liaison is to facilitate an effective working relationship between the Division of Police and court personnel. The office also ensures proper adherence to court procedures and assists in notifying officers of court appearances. The Court Liaison also provides a training function to new officers in court procedures and prepares them for testifying in court.
The Drug Court Liaison works with the Fayette County Drug Court Program and maintains a healthy working relationship between Drug Court staff and Division personnel. This office plays an active role in the treatment of Drug Court participants and assists them in returning to the community as a productive drug free citizen.
The goal of the Internal Affairs Section is to ensure that the integrity of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police is maintained through an internal system in which objectivity, fairness and justice are guaranteed by an impartial investigation and review of complaints made against any of our employees, policies or procedures.
Complaints can be made in person, by mail, by telephone or anonymously to any supervisor with the Division of Police.
See Annual Report for Internal Affairs Activity - CALEA 52.1.5