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Divisions of the UKPD

Fiscal Affairs

Fiscal Affairs consists of the Fiscal Officer and Staff Assistant and is responsible for assisting with the annual budget preparation, monitoring confiscated funds, bi-weekly analysis of overtime expenditures, and expenditures for travel, schools, and seminars; and maintenance of all records necessary to ensure that Department personnel follow the accepted procedures and guidelines of the University concerning purchases and expenditures made with University funds. Fiscal Affairs and Staff Support handle purchasing, payroll, and recharge services. These offices ensure each employee receives the appropriate benefits and compensation of employment which includes the preparation and accuracy of the bi-weekly payroll, maintaining and updating the files necessary for the payment of the educational incentive program, workers compensation due to duty-related personal injuries, quarterly fiscal/absentee reports and master timerecords. The Fiscal Officer manages personnel files for all Department employees active and inactive and coordinates personnel matters.

Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Officer is responsible for Accreditation, Training, Planning & Research, Internal Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Planning. The goals of the Training Unit are to successfully prepare sworn personnel for unexpected situations through creative and innovative training methods, and ensure employees are familiar with state and federal laws, and are prepared to enforce the laws properly, while reducing civil liability. The purpose of Internal Affairs is to conduct internal investigations generally involving Department employees, and to maintain agency integrity. The Professional Standards Officer is also responsible for accreditation oversight to make certain the department adheres to all recommended standards and best practices.

Police Operations

The Police Operations section provides services to the citizens of the University Community on a 24-hour a day basis with the purpose of protecting life and property.

The Patrol unit is staffed by highly trained men and women who have all graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training (or its equivalent) and meet all of Kentucky's police standards as established by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. In addition to the required 720 hours of basic academy training, each officer completes at a minimum, 40 hours of annual in-service training as well as additional in-house and specialized training in and out of state. The patrol unit utilizes automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, and foot patrols to cover all of the University of Kentucky's property and roads.

The Criminal Investigations unit is charged with the responsibility of conducting in-depth investigations into criminal activity that occurs on the University of Kentucky campus. Investigators are trained in a variety of areas including sex crimes, computer crimes, financial crimes, robbery, burglary, death investigations and crime scene investigations. In addition to training, this unit has many of the latest tools available to investigate crime scenes including: forensic lights, photo and video equipment and an assortment of finger print processing techniques. Investigators regularly attend meetings with members of other Law Enforcement agencies to improve communications and to discuss current trends in crime that affect our community. The Criminal Investigations Unit also assists with the hiring of new police personnel by conducting background investigations on candidates for police officers and civilian personnel within our department.

Crisis Management

The Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness is responsible for fostering positive relationships with the University Community and providing collaboration in the area of emergency management.  Its primary functions include plan development, managing UK’s emergency notification system, UK Alert, response and recovery coordination, managing the Emergency Operations Center when activated in response to an emergency situation, training and exercise development, campus security and crime statistics reporting, and 911 addressing. 
The Crisis Management & Preparedness Captain oversees three support sections.

  1. The Training, Evaluation, and Vulnerability Assessment (TEVA) Sergeant is responsible for ensuring the appropriate training in emergency  preparedness is conducted and tracked throughout the University to include National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), Incident Command Systems (ICS) and Emergency Response.  The TEVA Sergeant also coordinates the completion and tracking of Building Emergency Action Plans (BEAPS) and emergency management exercises to include table tops, drills, functional exercises, and full scale exercises for the University.
  2. The Business Continuity Coordinator (BCC) is responsible for defining and developing a business continuity strategy for the University by researching best practices and creating templates and tools to assist in the completion of business continuity plans (BCP) within the University. The BCC works with key University officials to create business continuity teams and assisting departments in completing BCPs.  The BCC also assists in managing limited grant programs within CMP and the Police Department.
  3. The Records Compliance Coordinator is responsible for University compliance of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) and the Kentucky Campus Safety and Security Act (Michael “Minger Act”).   This position adheres to the Clery & Minger Acts in ensuring the Crime Log and Fire Log remains current as required, yearly statistics are compiled for creating the Annual Safety and Security Report, and Campus Security Authority (CSA) training is available and tracked for the University.

Support Services

Support Services shall be responsible for Communications, Records, Fleet & Building Services, Special Events, Community Services, Communication Employment, Recruitment and Campus Security.

The Communications section is the heart of the Department. The dispatcher has the responsibility of receiving calls for service and sending out the appropriate officers to handle the call. Dispatchers also take information from police officers in the field regarding emergency situations, traffic stops, checking for warrants on suspicious individuals, etc.

The Records section is responsible for the receipt and maintenance of physical records of Police Operations to include Incident/Offense Reports and Accident Reports. Central Records is also responsible for issuing copies of reports to individuals as well as other agencies.

The Property section is responsible for all property which is impounded by the UK Police Department. This includes all found, personal, and physical evidence

The Community Services unit shall be responsible and have the authority for developing and coordinating the community relations function for the Police Department.

Support Services section actively recruits, in conjunction with Human Resource Services, the best-qualified persons to fill actual and projected vacancies within the Department. The authority and responsibility for administration and management of the Department recruiting efforts resides with Support Services.

Healthcare Operations

The University of Kentucky Police Department is dedicated to providing the safest environment possible for patients, families, visitors, faculty, and staff. Services offered by our unit include securing offices, monitoring closed circuit television and other security devices, providing safe escorts, and assisting with the direction of visitors and patients throughout the UK HealthCare Hospital Network.

Healthcare Security

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