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Golden Alert issued for missing 15-year-old

UPDATE: The Golden Alert for the juvenile has been canceled. They were located and safe. ____________________________________________________________

UPDATE: North Martin Luther King Blvd Homicide and Shooting Investigation Arrests

UPDATE: 03/21/2023  – Two people have been arrested in connection with the March 17, 2023 homicide and shooting that took place on N Martin Luther King Blvd.

The Lexington Police Department


Mission statement

"As employees of the Lexington Police Department, we will continually strive to improve our knowledge, skills and abilities in order to provide the citizens of Fayette County with the most efficient and professional law enforcement services attainable."


Core values

Efficiency – Customer Service – Community Partnerships – Employee Satisfaction –
 Develop Leadership



Want to learn more about Lexington Police? Our transparency page includes information and data about department policies and how we are held accountable to the community we serve.

Lexington Police transparency


Lexington Police is NOW HIRING

See your work matter with a career at the Lexington Police Department! 



Interacting with police

Contact with a police officer can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • During community functions or events
  • Emergency situations
  • Questioning for an investigation
  • Traffic stops


This page, What to Expect When Stopped by Police, provides some general guidelines on what you should do when you encounter a law enforcement official. 

You have the right to ask officers to explain their actions and also to ask them for their name and ID number.

Please use this online form to submit a complaint or share a compliment about a police employee, or you can call the Public Integrity Unit at (859) 258-3625 during regular business hours. 

If you would like to save a comment form for later, use this printable form.

2023 department goals and objectives


Goal 1: The Bureau of Administration aims to improve the mental health and wellness of department employees by hiring a licensed mental health professional. 

Goal 2: The Bureau of Administration will increase the number of academy classes held yearly.

Goal 3: The Bureau of Administration will continue to remove all Ford Crown Victorias from the department fleet.

Goal 4: The Bureau of Investigation will upgrade the recording system for interview room and holding cells.

Goal 5: The Bureau of Patrol will enhance community policing efforts by increasing the number of Bike Certified Officers by 5 per sector.

Goal 6: The Bureau of Patrol will enhance operational readiness by training and certifying at least 5 officers per sector in Patrol Rifle training

Goal 7: The Bureau of Special Operations will acquire equipment to accommodate students with special needs attending the Safety City Program.

Goal 8:  The Bureau of Special Operations will conduct a class geared towards landlords and apartment owners that promote programs and techniques to provide for safer communities.

Goal 9:  The Bureau of Special Operations will enhance roadway safety by increasing selective enforcement in areas to reduce accidents and moving hazardous violations.


Have questions about how we're meeting these goals? Contact Commander Chris Schnelle in the Chief's Office.