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The St. Matthews Police Dept. is comprised of 40 men and women who are dedicated to providing quality services to the residents and business in the City of St. Matthews. Col. Norm Mayer, Chief of Police heads the department. The majority of those who ‘protect and serve’ are assigned to the patrol division. These officers answer calls and carry out traffic enforcement. Additionally, officers conduct daily house checks for residents who are away from home, serve as bank escorts for businesses and patrol neighborhoods as well as the businesses within our city.
If you would like to speak with an officer of the St. Matthews Police Department call 502-893-9000 to be connected to the police department dispatcher.
Accident Investigation Team
The St. Matthews Accident Investigation Team has been in place since the mid-1900’s and is made up of officers with extensive training and expertise in investigating vehicle collisions that are beyond the capabilities of everyday patrol officers. Team members, including a lead sergeant and four officers, are selected based on their previous experience and training, as well as their interest in responding to serious accidents. All members of the team attend a six-week accident reconstruction school where they learn to determine, from evidence at the scene, what happened during a critical accident and how to provide detailed analysisfor all involved parties. In addition to the six-week accident reconstruction training, team members attend specialized training for accidents occurring at railroad crossings and pedestrian, bicycle, ATV and commercial vehicle accidents. The training enables them to give a professional response to fatal collisions, collisions with critical injuries, collisions involving government vehicles and other collisions that are out of the ordinary.
St. Matthews narcotics and property crimes detectives devote many hours in an effort to prevent, solve or thwart crimes in St. Matthews. In most cases the results lead to solving other crimes throughout Jefferson and surrounding counties in Kentucky and southern Indiana. The narcotics detectives have been very successful in accomplishing drug arrests or citations resulting in convictions and removal of drug dealers and criminals from the community. With the assistance of the Special Response Team, SRT, where warrants and consent searches are made, injuries to officers and citizens have been eluded. As a result of their efforts, drug paraphernalia, drug manufacturing equipment, and a large amount of medications such as codeine, opana, oxycontin, and others have been confiscated and destroyed. Although not all crimes, investigated by the detective unit, have occurred within the City of St. Matthews, assistance with other local and state agencies points to persons of interest who live within the city limits. Even though the clearance of cases is exceptionally high, at most time, the detective unit is working on 70-100 investigations regarding stolen property and/or drugs.
K-9 – Drug Dog Unit
In November 2010, the St. Matthews Police Department hired Officer John Norton and his “partner” Jake, a German shepherd trained in narcotics and evidence detection. Officer Norton has 18 years experience as a K-9 dog handler and is certified through the German Police Dog Training Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. Jake does not always accompany Officer Norton on patrol, but he is available for service 24 hours a day. Officer Norton and Jake train together at least 4 hours each week. They have assisted detectives on numerous occasions with the detection and seizures of large amounts of drugs and cash.
School Resource Office – SRO
The SRO has three main functions: law enforcement, guest speaking, and advisement. First and foremost, the SRO is a police officer, and the school campus is his or her beat. The SRO answers calls for service, takes offense and accident reports, conducts investigations, makes arrests or issues citation when necessary. In their secondary roles, the SRO conducts classroom presentations on law enforcement topics and offers law-related advice to students and staff, as well as acts as a mentor and roll model for adolescents. The officer works on building relations with students and facility, observing actions on school property and responding quickly at abate situations that may occur on, or regarding, the school campus.
As a result of this program students feel confident in reporting criminal activity to police or adults in the school. Over the years, police have received information that has led to the prevention of crime in the school, as well as helping solve crimes in St. Matthews and the Louisville Metro area.
The SRO program became a national model for law enforcement agencies and schools throughout the United States. The St. Matthews School Resource Officer became a training instructor for the program and has trained over 400 police officers nationwide, with approximately 200 School Resource Officers in Kentucky who fill this important roll.
Special Response Team – SRT
The Special Response Team, SRT, was formed in 2007 to give the department the ability to prevent and respond to potential threats of mass violence in the city. There had been no specific threats against St. Matthews targets, but police leaders and officers were aware that the city has a number of schools, churches, hospitals and large retail facilities which are often crowed locations that have been sites of violence in other cities. While still meant to serve as first-responders in mass violence situations, the SRT now also responds in cases of barricaded persons, hostage takings and the serving of dangerous search or arrest warrants. Team members have completed Louisville Metro’s Basis and Intermediate SWAT schools and a number of other training programs. The SRT has special equipment such as rifles, ballistic shields, tactical armor and helmets, tear-gas launchers, weapons that fire less-lethal round, and breaching tools for entering buildings. In 2011 the Special Response Team added an SRT vehicle to carry the team and their equipment to response scenes.