Joe Monroe was named University of Kentucky Chief of Police in November of 2009 following a three-year tenure as the department's Interim Chief of Police. His police career began at Transylvania Department of Public Safety in 1991. On April 4, 1994 Monroe became an officer with the UK Police Department and hasadvanced through the ranks, serving as a detective, sergeant, lieutenant and major.
During Monroe's leadership tenure, the department has experienced many advancements: an increase in the number of officers; developed a task force to address underage drinking to reduce student deaths related to alcohol; enhanced technology by outfitting each police officer with mobile data terminals to improve communication and response times; updated communications and 911 equipment; moved to fully electronic report taking procedures; implemented "green" sustainability initiative for the department including procurement of two electric motorcycles for patrol; increased training and preparedness; improved relationships with the campus and Lexington communities, which included establishing the Citizen's Police Academy.
Chief Monroe also developed the first Protestor Device Extraction Team by a university police agency in the country. He was one of the founding members of the UK Police Special Response Team. He serves as a developer and trainer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for Domestic Preparedness training programs and has been a consultant for Community Research Associates since 2000. Monroe has a passionate interest and focus on leadership development of his staff. While at UK he has been able to re-energize the police department and advance its reputation as a respected police department through training, discipline, accountability, and stimulating creativity and growth.
Chief Monroe holds a bachelor's degree in medical management from Carson-Newman College and is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Development Program (CJED), School of Strategic Leadership (SSL), International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute, and the FBI National Academy Session # 220 and is completing his Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University.
Monroe is committed to building the police department's internal and external relationships and focuses on strong customer service. It is one of his goals to make the UK Police Department one of the top 10 police departments in the state and a top 20 university police department in the nation.