About the Lexington Police Department


Police searching for bank robbery suspect

July 20, 2016 - The Lexington Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred earlier today. At approximately 9:10 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, officers responded to the Forcht Bank located at 506 West New Circle Road in reference to a robbery. 

Police Department mourns passing of Detective Phillip Harrison

July 6, 2016 - It is with deep sorrow that the Lexington Police Department reports the passing of Detective Phillip Harrison, who passed away early Wednesday after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Lawrence Weathers reflects on career with Lexington Police

He started with the Lexington Police Department in 1989. In more than a quarter century of service to the city, Assistant Chief Lawrence Weathers worked in Patrol, Narcotics, Fourth Platoon, Internal Affairs, Training, Special Operations and in Community Services as a D.A.R.E. officer.


The Lexington Police Department

With an authorized strength of 630 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 Police Chief Mark Barnard.  

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."


What would the world be like?

The Lexington Police Department is proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass! Thanks to the Bigs in Blue initiative, the BBBS has been able to match more than 25% more boys in the program this year. 


Lexington Police community partners

The Lexington Police Department has formed important relationships with many community leaders and organizations. Under the leadership of Chief Mark Barnard, Lexington has put an emphasis on community policing, connecting with young people, and implementing new initiatives and training. 

Chief Barnard will retire from the Lexington Police Department after nearly 32 years of service effective January 7, 2018. He leaves a strong agency of nearly 700 sworn and civilian personnel committed to keeping Lexington safe.


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 pamphlet, "What to do When You Are 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. 


2017 Department goals and objectives

1. Improve victim services by adding an additional bilingual victim advocate. 

2. Establish an agency protocol guided by best practices established by the state-wide task force as part of a multi-disciplinary response to the sexual assault kit backlog.

3. Increase successful prosecution referrals in Federal Court of heroin/fentanyl dealers by 10%.

4. The Lexington Police Department will hire a Body Worn Camera Administrator to manage the 800 body worn cameras currently being deployed to officers.

5. Successfully identify, hire and implement a civilian Accreditation Manager.

6. Increase strategic outreach efforts specifically focused on minority candidates for the Lexington Police Department Basic Academy.

7. To conduct in-house Crisis Intervention Training for approximately 200 officers. 

8. Train and use Bureau of Patrol officers in the D.A.R.E. program to increase our partnerships with community schools.

9. Increase DUI Enforcement for the Department by 2%.

10. Increase Traffic Enforcement for the Department by 2%.

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