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from Barry S. Wilkerson, St. Matthews Chief of Police
For A Police Emergency – Dial 911
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 Investigation Team
K-9 – Drug Dog Unit
Officer Wayne Kaufman is a certified K-9 trainer and a certified KLEC K-9 instructor with 18 years of 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 5-year-old 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 3rd platoon where they have proved to be an asset to the department by their performance on the beat, serving schools within our community, assisting our Special Response Team, and attending community outreach events.
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 crowded 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 Basic 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 rounds, 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.