Public Integrity Unit

The primary responsibility of the Public Integrity Unit is to ensure the principles and policies of the Lexington Police Department are being upheld. The unit serves as a mechanism for internal accountability by receiving, processing and investigating complaints or commendations concerning police conduct.

Please use our online form (feedback link below) to file a complaint or compliment about a Lexington Police employee, or you may call (859) 258-3625 during regular business hours. 

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Addressing complaints

 

What to expect when you file a complaint

Informal Complaints

An Informal Complaint is taken from any individual alleging misconduct of any police officer and does not require a signed affidavit or possible testimony before the Urban County Council. Informal Complaints received by the Public Integrity Unit are forwarded to the officer’s bureau for investigation. After a review of the factors and circumstances, it may be determined that the officer(s) acted properly, that the issue was a matter to be resolved in court, or that the officer(s) acted improperly.

In situations where an allegation is sustained, the police department works to resolve the issue with the complainant and addresses the matter with the officer through coaching and counseling or possible referral to the Public Integrity Unit for further investigation as a formal complaint.

  • As of September 2021, the Lexington Police Department has documented 164 informal complaints. 
  • Lexington Police Department supervisors investigated 118 informal complaints in 2020. 

 

Formal Complaints

A Formal Complaint is taken from any individual alleging misconduct on the part of any police officer, taken under oath in the form of an affidavit, signed and sworn to by the complainant and duly notarized. All formal complaints, whether generated from within the department or from outside sources, are investigated by the Public Integrity Unit (PIU).

 
2021 Formal Complaints: Updated December 2, 2021
Date Filed PIU Number Alleged Violation Filed Internal or External Extension Bureau / Section of Involved Officer Disposition Council Approved Discipline / Corrective Action
1/14/2021 2021F-001 Preventable collisions Internal N/A Patrol Sustained 3/11/2021 Written Reprimand and 2-week home fleet suspension
2/23/2021 2021F-002 Violating any rules of the department / Emergency & pursuit driving Internal N/A BOI Sustained 5/6/2021 Written Reprimand
2/8/2021 2021F-003 Preventable collisions Internal N/A Patrol Sustained 5/6/2021 Written Reprimand / 2 Week suspension of home fleet
3/15/2021

2021F-004

Violating any rules of the department / Weapons policy Internal N/A Patrol Sustained 5/6/2021 1 day suspension without pay
4/7/2021

2021F-005

BWC

Conduct toward the public and conduct toward department employees External N/A Patrol Unfounded N/A N/A
4/26/2021 2021F-006 Operation and Maintenance of department vehicles Internal N/A Special Operations Sustained 6/10/2021 Written Reprimand / 4 week suspension of home fleet
5/6/2021 2021F-007 Misconduct External N/A Investigations Unfounded N/A N/A
5/17/2021 2021F-008 Misconduct, Insubordination Internal N/A Special Operations Sustained N/A Retired on 8/16/2021
5/26/2021 2021F-009 Violating any rules of the Department / Emergency and Pursuit Driving Internal N/A Investigations Sustained 8/12/2021 1 day suspension without pay / 1 week suspension of home fleet
5/25/2021

2021F-010*

BWC

Violating any rules of the Department / Interacting with Persons with Persons Affected by Mental Illness or in Crisis External Yes Patrol Unfounded N/A N/A
5/25/2021

2021F-011*

BWC

Violating any rules of the Department / Emergency and Pursuit Driving External Yes Special Operations Unfounded N/A N/A
6/3/2021 2021F-012 Misconduct External N/A Patrol Unfounded N/A N/A
6/23/2021 2021F-013 Violating any rules of the Department / Emergency and Pursuit Driving Internal N/A Patrol Sustained 10/14/2021 40 hour suspension without pay / 4 week suspension of home fleet
7/14/2021 2021F-014 Preventable Collisions Internal N/A Patrol Sustained 8/26/2021 Written Reprimand / 2 week suspension of home fleet
7/13/2021 2021F-015 Violating any rules of the Department / Accountability and Responsibilities Internal N/A Patrol Sustained 8/26/2021 Written Reprimand
7/14/2021 2021F-016 Use of Force Internal N/A Patrol Sustained N/A Retired on 10/09/2021
8/9/2021

2021F-017*

BWC

Violating any rules of the Department / Unbiased Policing  External N/A Patrol Unfounded N/A N/A
8/9/2021 2021F-018* Violating any rules of the Department / Unbiased Policing External N/A Patrol Unfounded N/A N/A
9/3/2021 2021F-019 Misconduct Internal N/A Patrol Sustained N/A Resigned on 9/15/2021
9/27/2021 2021F-020 Conduct Toward the Pubic and Conduct Toward Department Employees External N/A Special Operations Pending Pending Pending
10/11/2021 2021F-021 Misconduct Internal N/A Patrol Pending Pending Pending
10/11/2021 2021F-022 Misconduct External N/A Patrol Pending  Pending Pending
  2021F-023 Misconduct External N/A Special Operations Pending Pending Pending
* Denotes a formal complaint involving more than one officer

 

 
2020 Formal Complaints
Date Filed PIU Number Alleged Violation Filed Internal or External Extension Bureau / Section of Involved Officer Disposition Council Approved Discipline/Corrective Action
1/2/2020 2020F-001 Violating any rules of the department Internal No Patrol Sustained 3/5/2020 Two-week suspension without pay, 60-day home fleet suspension
1/15/2020 2020F-004* Misconduct Internal No Patrol Sustained 3/19/2020 Written reprimand
1/15/2020 2020F-005* Misconduct Internal No Patrol Sustained 3/19/2020 Written reprimand
2/4/2020 2020F-007 Reporting for duty Internal No Patrol Withdrawn N/A Officer resignation 3/18/2020
3/11/2020 2020F-009 Reporting for duty Internal No Patrol
2/4/2020 2020F-006 Operation of vehicles, Violating any rules of the department Internal No Patrol Sustained 3/19/2020 Written reprimand
2/18/2020 2020F-002* Misconduct External No Patrol Unfounded N/A Administratively closed
2/18/2020 2020F-003* Misconduct External No Patrol Unfounded N/A Administratively closed
2/24/2020 2020F-008 Misconduct External No Patrol Unfounded N/A Administratively closed
4/14/2020 2020F-010 Misconduct Internal No Patrol Sustained 5/7/2020 Six-month suspension without pay
5/1/2020 2020F-011 Unsatisfactory performance Internal No Special Operations Sustained 10/8/2020 Six-week suspension without pay
5/21/2020 2020F-012 Misconduct Internal No Special Operations Sustained September 2020 40-hour suspension
6/9/2020 2020F-013 Conduct towards public External No Patrol Unfounded N/A Administratively closed
6/26/2020 2020F-014 Unsatisfactory performance Internal No Patrol Sustained 9/24/2020 Three-day suspension without pay
6/26/2020 2020F-015 Use of force Internal No Patrol Sustained 10/8/2020 Three-week suspension without pay
6/29/2020 2020F-016 Misconduct External No Patrol Unfounded N/A Administratively closed
7/24/2020 2020F-017 Conduct towards public External No Patrol Unfounded N/A Administratively closed
8/5/2020 2020F-018 Misconduct Internal No Patrol Sustained 2/19/2021 Officer termination
8/11/2020 2020F-019 Unsatisfactory performance Internal No Patrol Sustained 10/8/2020 Two-day suspension without pay
9/21/2020 2020F-020 Violating any rules of the department Internal No BOI Sustained N/A Referred back to Bureau
11/4/2020 2020F-021* Violating any rules of the department Internal No Patrol Sustained 1/14/2021 40-hour suspension without pay, 30-day home fleet suspension
11/4/2020 2020F-022* Violating any rules of the department Internal No Patrol Sustained 1/14/2021 40-hour suspension without pay, 30-day home fleet suspension
11/4/2020 2020F-023 Violating any rules of the department Internal No Patrol Sustained 1/14/2021 40-hour suspension without pay, 60-day home fleet suspension
11/4/2020 2020F-024 Misconduct Internal No Patrol Sustained N/A Officer resignation 2/8/2021

* Denotes a formal complaint involving more than one officer