About the Lexington Police Department
A 16-year-old juvenile is charged with Robbery 1st in connection with an armed bank robbery that occurred earlier today. Investigators with the Lexington Police Department arrested the subject Thursday evening.
Officers located the victim, a 21-year-old man, lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his head.
The Lexington Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred earlier today. At approximately 10:55 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, officers responded to the Community Trust Bank located at 185 Pasadena Drive in reference to a robbery.
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."
Chief Lawrence Weathers
It's official! Lawrence Weathers was sworn in as Chief of Police on March 4, 2018.
"I understand the challenges of policing today. You have to have understanding, and you have to have compassion. I stand here as your police chief and I'm ready for that challenge. So let's get to work!"
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%.