About the Lexington Police Department

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Homicide investigation update

September 1, 2016 - A preliminary investigation by the Lexington Police Department has found that a fatal stabbing that occurred Wednesday evening appears to involve self-defense.

Crime spree ends with multiple arrests

September 1, 2016 - Lexington Police have placed charges on three men in connection with multiple overnight incidents. The following individuals have been arrested: Demarco W. Cothron, 27 

Arrests made in home invasion

September 1, 2016 - Three men are charged in connection with a home invasion that occurred Wednesday evening on University Avenue. Investigators today arrested the following individuals: Hunter Ray Reynolds, 18

 

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:

Administration

Investigation

Patrol

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 10-2017 Graduation Day

Forty-two men and women took their oath of office May 31 as the newest members of the Lexington Police Department family. The new officers trained for 32 weeks and will spend the next 15 weeks working with a Field Training Officer. 

Interested in a career with the Lexington Police Department? Learn more at joinlexpolice.com

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.

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