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Lexington Police Department partners with Nextdoor, private social network for neighborhoods

The Lexington Police Department announced a partnership with Nextdoor (nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. “The Lexington Police Department is always looking for innovative and resourceful ways we can connect with residents, and joining Nextdoor is just another way to further those efforts,” Police Chief Mark...

Lexington Police Department joins national crackdown to reduce impaired driving fatalities

If you choose to drink and drive in Lexington – beware. The Lexington Police Department is joining law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, Aug. 19-Sept. 5. The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign...

Lexington Police Department finalizes body-worn camera policy, will begin using equipment next month

The first shipment of Taser Axon body-worn cameras was delivered to the Lexington Police Department this week, and officers will start using them in mid-August. Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Mark Barnard unveiled the new policy that will guide officers’ use of the cameras. “We’ve taken our time and done our homework, thoroughly researching camera equipment and policies,” Mayor Jim Gray said....

Public comments about experiences with Lexington Police Department invited as part of assessment

The Lexington Police Department is inviting residents of Lexington-Fayette County to speak their minds. Citizens will have opportunities to share their opinions about the Lexington Police Department on Aug. 7-8. The public will have a chance to discuss their experiences, thoughts and suggestions for the police department as a part of its national accreditation process. On Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 assessors...

‘Something has to be done’: Lexington residents rally, take a stand against violence

Lexington residents gathered downtown Saturday to speak out against recent violence in a march organized by Pastor Damon Davenport (Photo by Claire Johnson) By Claire Johnson KyForward intern Some Lexington residents “took a stand” against the violence that wracked the nation the past week, marching peacefully Saturday afternoon. Others attended a candlelight vigil at Triangle Park in the evening....

Overnight standoff between Lexington police, Deauville Drive resident ends peacefully

An incident involving a barricaded subject ended safely following several hours of negotiations. Officers with the Lexington Police Department’s Emergency Response Unit took Ryan Kamark, 35, into custody shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. He is charged with four counts of Wanton Endangerment. At approximately 12:20 a.m., Thursday, June 16, officers responded to a home in the 1900 block of Deauville...

Lexington Police Department unveil ‘Text-a-Tip’ program to submit anonymous crime-related info

The Lexington Police Department announced the availability of Text-a-Tip, a tool for citizens to anonymously submit crime-related information. Anyone with information about a suspect or an incident can text LEXPD in the body of the message followed by the tip and send it to CRIMES (274637). Chief Mark Barnard said the Text-a-Tip service is a proactive way for citizens to help prevent and solve crimes....

Toyota puts the ‘vroom’ in safety education program aimed at placing kids in the driver’s seat

Driving habits, good or bad, begin to form long before a driver can reach the gas pedal and as early as when a child’s car seat is turned to face front. So, to learn what it means to be a safe driver, passenger and pedestrian, Kentucky tots are taking the wheel. Safety City, a free, safety education program for second and third graders, combines classroom instruction with student driving experiences...

Fighting the Cold: United Way of the Bluegrass donates 200 blankets for those in need

United Way of the Bluegrass and the 2-1-1 Contact Center donated 200 blankets to the Lexington Police Department Friday. Lexington officers will help distribute the blankets to individuals and families in need, particularly during this period of severe weather. In total, United Way has shared over 1,000 blankets this winter with local and regional agencies across the Bluegrass. United Way’s 2-1-1...

Lyric Theater to present free, special ‘Family Engagement Nights’ on Thursday nights in January

The Lyric Theater & Cultural Arts Center is teaming up with Lexington PAL to present special Family Engagement Nights during January. This unique collaboration also involves the Lexington Police Department, United Way of the Bluegrass and Southland Christian Church. “The new community collaboration is intended to encourage and promote parental and family engagement,” said Katie Williams,...

More than 150 Habitat, police, church, city volunteers work to become 'Jesus in the skin'

More than 150 volunteers, including police officers, worked to clean up two neighborhoods and wooded areas in and around Martin Luther King Park off Russell Cave Road. (Photo from Lex. Habitat)   “Jesus in the skin” was how Center Point Church’s pastor described a joint task force of Lexington Habitat for Humanity volunteers, members of the Lexington Police Department and representatives...

Lexington's men and women in uniform help kids pick out books at Booker T. Washington

Lexington police officers help children select books at Booker T. Washington’s book fair on Feb. 21.   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Ninjas, princesses and real-life superheroes filled the library for Booker T. Washington Primary Academy’s spring book fair. The latter – uniformed police officers – were among volunteers who stopped by to help youngsters in grades K-2...

Betsy Waters: Take advantage of community resources that can help keep your family safe

  As a parent, the safety of my boys is on my mind from the time I wake up in the morning to the moment I close my eyes at night. From wondering if their toes have come uncovered during the night to plotting each escape route from our home in case of a fire, I spend my days in constant mom worry mode. I probably worry more than I should, but as a parent it’s my job to do the best I can to...

Cold Case: Confession, trial, no resolution
in murder of Transy student Betty Gail Brown

The Lexington Police Department’s Cold Case Unit works to investigate serious crimes that remain unsolved. Many of the cases are homicides, but all leave victims without justice — sometimes decades have passed since the crime was committed. These stories are part of an ongoing series on unsolved crimes in Lexington. Anyone with information about any of the cases is encouraged to contact the Lexington...

Cold Case: Coed Betty Gail Brown’s murder on Transy campus 50 years ago still unsolved

The Lexington Police Department’s Cold Case Unit works to investigate serious crimes that remain unsolved. Many of the cases are homicides, but all leave victims without justice — sometimes decades have passed since the crime was committed. These stories are part of an ongoing series on unsolved crimes in Lexington. Anyone with information about any of the cases is encouraged to contact the Lexington...