The men and women of the Patrol Division perform the most visible and recognized function of the Alexandria Police Department. They are the ones that respond to citizen’s calls for service and are seen every day on the street in a police cruiser, looking for lost children, comforting victims of a crime or arresting an intoxicated driver.
The patrol function includes the responsibility for responding to requests for emergency and non-emergency police service, deterrence of crime, initial investigation, evidence collection, traffic collision investigation and the issuance of traffic violation citations to encourage voluntary compliance with existing traffic laws.
The men and women of the patrol division are the “backbone” of the department and are front-line ambassadors. We continue to search for a means to accomplish our goals and missions. We are a community-based police department, fostering a partnership with our local citizens, business owners and support agencies in the county and state.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
In 1997, the Alexandria Police Department created a SWAT team recognizing a need for a specialized group of officers to handle situations beyond the capabilities of regular trained police officers. Over the years, several agencies joined with the Alexandria department to create a multi-jurisdictional team that covers 5 cities, all of Pendleton County, and a major state university. Alexandria, Bellevue, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Cold Spring, Northern KY University, Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office and Wilder all have officers assigned to this specialized unit. With this being a multi-agency unit, the team was re-named the “Northern Kentucky Special Operations Group” in 2009. All of the officers are trained in numerous basic and advanced tactics, weapons, negotiations, and other skills relating to the job they are tasked with. SWAT teams are used for many high risk operations such as arrest warrant service, drug warrant service, dignitary protection, hostage rescue, and barricaded subjects. SWAT teams afford these operations to be done in a more safe and tactical manner, being a luxury that the normal patrol officer does not have.The Northern Kentucky Special Operations Group trains for 10 hours per month, constantly honing their tactical and firearms skills, and is a very competent and professional unit.
Detective Jaskowiak is responsible for investigations for the Alexandria Police Department. The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) takes cases which were begun by patrol officers for various criminal offenses and conducts in-depth investigations, many times leading to the apprehension of the person responsible for the offense.
At major crime scenes, the detective and the officers work as a team and perform professional and thorough investigations. These cases range from minor property crimes to rape and armed robberies.
S.R.O. – School Resource Officer
Officer Mick Carrasquel is assigned to the Campbell Co. Middle School on a full-time basis as the Resource Officer for the school. The School Resource Officer program is a joint cooperative effort between the Campbell Co. Board of Education and the City of Alexandria, and is a valuable program not only for added security at the schools, but to also handle any day-to-day incidents at the school that would require police attention. Officer Vinson serves as an advisor to the students on any concerns they may have outside the school setting. Officer Carrasquel also works with students who attend the Campbell Co. Day Treatment Educational Center (located in the former Alexandria Elementary building)
The School is the Community and the Community is the School
The school is simply an extension of the overall community. Crime that affects the community has an impact on schools, while offenses occurring on school property also affect the community. The presence of law enforcement representation within the school community provides for a consistent approach to community public safety. In addition, it provides a model application of community policing principles.
School Safety Equals Public Safety
Law enforcement’s responsibility to public safety has never been in greater demand than it is in the school community today. Escalating concern about student aggression in general and highly publicized school shootings specifically have clearly demonstrated that today’s key school issues are public safety issues. The responsibility for the safety and welfare of students and school staff has been recognized as too great a burden to be shouldered by schools alone; the current school safety challenge is a public safety challenge.
School Crisis Demands a Law Enforcement Response
For a number of years schools have prepared to deal with crisis situations at both the school district and school campus level. Inclusion of a law enforcement presence strengthens the capacity of the school and community to deal effectively with crises which arise within the school community. Law enforcement officers are community crisis responders with specific training to address the crisis situation; they are crisis management experts by trade.
Working with the Campbell County School District our primary focus is to assist in the enforcement of school policy and provide valuable public safety resources to their staff. We are proud of our partnership with the School District.
For Information, Email Officer Tim Vinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
M.A.R.T. – Major Accident Reconstruction Team
The Alexandria Police Dept. investigates many motor vehicle collisions and of those a few are serious and regretfully some result in a fatality. This agency, realizing a need to make full and in-depth investigations of fatal collisions, had officers trained in reconstructing collisions. Ofc. Tim Vinson and Ofc. James Brown has attended many training courses through the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Dept. of Criminal Justice Training at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY and locally through the ARTIMIS Center in Cincinnati
Ofc. Vinson and Ofc. Brown have teamed up with seven (7) other officers from the Bellevue, Campbell Co., Cold Spring, Highland Heights, and the Ft. Thomas police departments to form MART, the Major Accident Reconstruction Team. The team is activated on a callout basis and responds to most major accidents in the county.
Utilizing the team, it frees up on-duty patrol officers to continue their patrol duties and allows the investigation to move safely, expeditiously and thoroughly on the scene, and roadways can be opened to traffic sooner.