Acting Chief David Beyer heads the St. Matthews Police Department which is comprised of 40 police officers and 15 communication and administrative staff who are dedicated to providing professional, community oriented policing to the residents and businesses in the City of St. Matthews. Acting Chief Beyer was appointed to his position in August of 2017 after the retirement of former Chief Norm Mayer.
Acting Chief Beyer previously retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Supervisory Special Agent after 26 years of service. He served in the Oklahoma City Office where he was assigned to a Criminal Squad. In this assignment, he handled complex white collar crime investigations involving mail and wire bank fraud, as well as bank robberies and drug investigations. He was also a member of the FBI SWAT team which was responsible for arresting violent fugitives, dealing with hostage and barricaded person situations, and other high-risk arrests and searches. In addition, he was an instructor at the Oklahoma State Patrol Academy.
Acting Chief Beyer also served in Washington, D.C. at the FBI Headquarters where he supervised nationwide undercover operations. In this assignment, he traveled to FBI offices across the country and reviewed undercover and sensitive operations being conducted in those offices to ensure they were in compliance with legal and policy mandates.
Chief Beyer was later promoted to Supervisor/Chief Division Counsel of the Louisville FBI Office where he served as the Forfeiture, Undercover Operations, and Informant Coordinators and was assigned Media and Community Liaison responsibilities. He also was a frequent speaker at a variety of law enforcement training conferences on topics including Computer Crimes, Forfeiture and Homeland Security matters. He traveled internationally for the FBI and was a guest instructor at the FBI Academy, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, Bucharest, Romania and Kristinau, Moldova, as well as Organized Crime conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
Acting Chief Beyer is dedicated to the concept of Community Oriented Policing whereby the police department and the community work in partnership to prevent and solve crime. The St. Matthews Police Department has gained a reputation as being among the most innovative and proactive law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Many of the department’s community policing initiatives have been recognized as “models” for other police agencies throughout the state.
Acting Chief Beyer graduated with honors in Police Administration from the University of Louisville and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville.
Contact Acting Chief Beyer at 502-899-2537.