The Newport Police Department has been accredited through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) since 1997. This process brought about several positive changes to the department. One of the most important is the way that we do business. This agency thrives on community relations and being people oriented. This changed the attitude of how citizens in the community and other peers in the law enforcement community view the agency.
The accreditation process with its state accepted standards not only ensures that the agency says it is doing something, but puts checks and balances in place to ensure that the agency is walking the walk. It gives the agency the tools that it needs to effectively make decisions concerning the budget, manpower, developing future plans, and many other areas. The agency has also received monetary benefits from the accreditation process. The years prior to being accredited were riddled with lawsuits and high liability issues. The Kentucky Municipal Risk Management Association (KMRMA) dropped the City from its insurance coverage due to these high claims. Following accreditation, KMRMA took the agency back into its insurance pool due to the decreased amount of lawsuits and liability claims. Other benefits included increased officer pay, better equipment, increased training and more accountability within the agency and community.
Professionalism begins with guidelines that state what is required to do the right thing. But it goes far beyond these guidelines; it must be a mentality that is instilled in the men and women who work for you to make the accreditation process work. Without the support and hard dedicated work of these professionals the accreditation process would be impossible to maintain. My hat goes off to the men and women of the Newport Police Department and the hard work that they do every single day to maintain these high standards. These professional standards should be the norm for all police agencies around the world and I highly recommend the accreditation process.
Chief of Police
We envision the Newport Police Department as the benchmark of professionalism and leadership, not only in Northern Kentucky, but statewide. By taking an aggressive stance against criminal activity, utilizing traditional and progressive means, we assist in creating a safer, more productive city. By working with all citizens and businesses, we can continue to assist in the economic redevelopment of Newport and make Newport a truly vibrant community.
•Establish partnerships with all facets of our community to include all citizens, businesses, and schools
•Proactively solve problems which will reduce the calls for service
•Embrace technological advances, and to use these advances to assist in our service delivery to the community
•Be responsive to the needs of our community in addressing school issues, gangs, graffiti, and quality of life issues that affect all of us
We have the capabilities to work with the community and solve these problems. Solving these problems will truly make Newport a great community and show the citizens the professionalism of the Newport Police Department. Newport Police Officers enforce federal, state, and local laws and have full power of arrest and apprehension in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.