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Around 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 9, officers were dispatched to the Metro PCS store located at 1388 Alexandria Drive for a robbery. An employee told officers that a man entered the business and briefly browsed around before displaying a handgun and demanding money from the register. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and he fled the store.
Investigators with the Lexington Police Department charged both Samantha Lowery, 25, and Charles Velazquez-Lopez, 20, with Robbery 1st.
A four-day roundup of criminal suspects in Lexington resulted in 69 arrests of individuals with felony or misdemeanor warrants. The Lexington Police Department announced the results of the crime reduction effort in collaboration with multiple local, state and federal partners.
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 Chief Lawrence Weathers.
The department consists of four bureaus:
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.
"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."
Lock it up, Lexington!
In 2019, make a resolution to keep you and your family safe: never leave valuables in your vehicle, and always make sure your doors are locked.
Twenty new officers graduated from the Lexington Police Training Academy on December 13, 2018.
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.
2018 Department goals and objectives
Goal 1: The Bureau of Investigations (BOI) will conduct two inter-agency "Felony Offender Round-ups."
Goal 2: BOI will work to maintain a clearance rate above the national average for violent crime, which includes homicide and serious assault. BOI will also strive to strengthen cases against these offenders to ensure lengthier sentences and reduce recidivism.
Goal 3: BOI will increase the number of sexual assault cases presented for prosecution by developing, implementing, and participating in a multi-disciplinary review team; the goal is to exceed 2017 totals.
Goal 4: The Bureau of Administration (BOA) will complete the Language Plan Service Project per policy requirements. This will impact services to individuals whose primary language is not English.
Goal 5: BOA will document and evaluate current processes utilizing data and interactions with the AS400 before migrating to a new Records Management System (RMS). Wherever possible, this will include documentation of ancillary databases, spreadsheets, and processes that can be incorporated into the new RMS.
Goal 6: The Bureau of Patrol (BOP) will increase the number of officers that attend Crisis Intervention Training.
Goal 7: BOP will increase the number of officers that are bike certified to enhance community policing efforts.
Goal 8: The Bureau of Special Operations (BOSO) will provide training to improve physical security for churches.
Goal 9: BOSO will increase enforcement of seatbelt usage by 5%.
Goal 10: BOSO will increase open communication with Downtown Entertainment District businesses and Downtown Lexington Partnership businesses.