Police Operations is responsible for providing law enforcement and safety services for the local and extended University of Kentucky community. Our unit is comprised of patrol services, specialized units and police training.
Our Patrol services are comprised of three patrol shifts. These shifts are staffed 365 days per year, and 24 hours per day by at least one police supervisor, and a minimum of three uniformed police officers. Our police officers respond to a variety of calls for service that can range from a student in need of direction, a medical emergency, or a serious instance of alleged criminal activity.
Means of patrol include patrol vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, and foot patrols to cover all of the University of Kentucky's property and roads.
Each University of Kentucky Police Officer has graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training (or its equivalent) and met all of Kentucky's Peace Officer Professional Standards as established by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. In addition to the basic police 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. In addition, police training is comprised of the Police Operations Captain and a designee that ensure all law enforcement training requirements are met and up-to-date throughout the calendar year. Police training representatives also seek out unique training opportunities that could potentially benefit the police department and university community.
Police Training is comprised of the Police Operations Captain and a designee that ensure all law enforcement training requirements are met and up-to-date throughout the calendar year. Police training representatives also seek out unique training opportunities that will benefit the police department and university community.
Upon successful completion of the KYDOCJT Training Academy, police officers return to UKPD as probationary police officers and begin an additional sixteen weeks of in-house police training under the direction of the department’s Police Training Officer (PTO) program. Final appointment as a police officer with the department does not occur until the probationary police officer successfully completes the PTO program.
Once a probationary police officer is released from his or her basic/PTO training phases they are assigned to a patrol shift, but training does not stop there! All police officers at the University of Kentucky Police Department are mandated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to attend at a minimum of 40 training hours per year. This training is administered by the KYDOCJT.
University of Kentucky Police Chief Monroe possesses a strong dedication and unending commitment to officer development. As such, Chief Monroe consistently challenges his employees to seek out additional training opportunities throughout the year, and also urges department employees to continue their education through use of the University’s Employee Education Program (EEP).