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from Barry S. Wilkerson, St. Matthews Chief of Police
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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. 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.
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Accident Reconstruction Team
The St. Matthews Accident Reconstruction 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.
Criminal Investigation Division
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 Weapons and Tactics team, SWAT, 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.
Officer Wayne Kaufman is a certified K-9 trainer and a certified KLEC K-9 instructor with extensive experience as a handler. Officer Kaufman began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Louisville Police Department. He became a certified K-9 handler in 2000 and has had several K-9 partners that have accompanied him on patrol throughout his career. In 2016, Officer Kaufman retired from the Louisville Metro Police Department and joined the St. Matthews Police Department as a patrol officer.
K-9 Maxie is a Belgian Malinois trained in the detection of illegal narcotics and evidence detection. Maxie maintains her certification by attending mandatory training conducted by Louisville Metro Police on a monthly basis. Both officers are assigned to the 3rd platoon where they have proven to be an asset by assisting the criminal investigations-narcotics platoon and the SWAT team, as well as attending community outreach events and serving schools within our community,
Special Weapons and Tactics - SWAT
The Special Weapons and Tactics team was formed in January 2007 to give the department the ability to respond to situations involving active shooters in the city. There had been no specific threats against any potential 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 crowded locations that have been the sites of mass violence in other American cities. The SWAT team will respond to civil disturbance, active shooters, barricaded subjects, hostage takings, severe weather events and for the service of high risk search and arrest warrants. Team members have completed basic and intermediate/advanced tactical team training and a variety of other tactical team related courses including instructor development. The team trains to the highest recommended standards on a monthly basis. The SWAT team is issued personal and team equipment such as heavy armor, ballistic helmets and shields, rifles, special munitions delivery systems such as a variety of less lethal methods and breaching tools for making structure entries. The SMPD sworn members that serve on the SWAT team are doing so on a voluntary, additional duty basis.