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Daycare workers charged

Four employees were arrested for physically harming toddlers.

Police make quick arrest in bank robbery case

Michael D. McCoy, 62, is charged with Robbery 2nd.

Arrest made in Tates Creek road shooting

Joseph Ivy, 20, is charged with multiple counts of Wanton Endangerment.

The Lexington Police Department

With an authorized strength of 633 sworn officers and nearly 150 civilian personnel, the Lexington Police Department is the largest division within the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The agency's mission is to serve and protect all citizens and visitors in the city with a high level of integrity, transparency and dedication to community policing. The department is led by Chief Lawrence Weathers.  

The department consists of four bureaus:




Special Operations

Each bureau is home to several units, with responsibilities ranging from traffic control, patrolling neighborhoods, criminal investigations, assisting crime victims, officer training and more.

The department is accredited by CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, and has been awarded "flagship agency" status.

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."


Class 01-2020 graduation highlight video

On September 17, 2020, members of Lexington Police Class 01-2020 graduated from the training academy. Their class motto: "Integrity and unity, allegiance to the community."

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.
To make a complaint or convey a compliment, contact the Public Integrity Unit at (859) 258-3625


2020 department goals and objectives

Goal 1:  The Bureau of Administration will provide “First Responder Autism Community Training” for all sworn personnel during 2020 In-service.   The goal of the Training Section is to further increase awareness surrounding autism and provide officers with resources that will aid them with their response during contact with a community member who may be autistic. 

Goal 2:  The Bureau of Administration will provide ICAT (Integrated Communications, Assessment and Tactics) training for sworn personnel during 2020 in-service training. ICAT is a training program that provides first responding police officers with the tools, skills, and options they need to successfully and safely defuse a range of critical incidents.  ICAT takes the essential building blocks of critical thinking, crisis intervention, communications, and tactics, and puts them together in an integrated approach to training.

Goal 3:  The Bureau of Investigation will develop a streamlined process with UK Hospital for the registration and credentialing of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurses to conduct exams in the hospital.

Goal 4:  The Bureau of Administration will complete the installation, configuration and deployment of Tyler Technologies’ Enterprise CAD, Mobile and Records software including end-user training.

Goal 5:  The Bureau of Administration will complete the FirstNet project for all mobile data computers assigned to Patrol and Special Operations.

Goal 6:  The Bureau of Special Operations will send five new officers to DARE training in Elizabethtown, KY to gain certification to teach in our schools.   

Goal 7:  The Bureau of Special Operations will improve operational support to the department with the addition of a canine handler.

Goal 8:  The Bureau of Special Operations Traffic Section will fully staff the Safety Officer Program.

Goal 9:  The Bureau of Special Operations Traffic Section will increase the number of Speed Spy’s by 40% for strategic deployment throughout Fayette County.

Goal 10:  The Bureau of Patrol will increase the number of certified bicycle officers and increase the fleet of bicycles by 20%.


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