Police Department

Chief of Police - Ray Johnson

Phone: 859-234-7157
After Business Hours: 859-234-7100
Emergency: 911

The City of Cynthiana Police Department is a full service department consisting of 18 certified officers and 2 full-time school resource officers. The Police Department is manned twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The physical location of the department is at 420 E. Pleasant Street. 

Chief Ray Johnson, a 22-year veteran of the department, currently heads up the Cynthiana Police Department with the help of Assistant Chief William Denton. All officers of this department are graduates of the Police Academy sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) of Richmond, Kentucky. DOCJT is a nationally recognized agency that provides state-of-the-art training to law enforcement officers in Kentucky. All officers are required to attend 40 hours of in-service training annually.

Twelve-hour shifts are supervised by the department’s Sergeants: Eric Kendall, Alan Judy, Nathan Linville, Vance Meighan, Justin Jett and O.C. Jones.

The Cynthiana Police Department is fortunate to have the latest technology at their disposal. The E911 LINC system is a valuable tool giving them access to information nationwide as well as a drone unit consisting of a DJI Matrice 210 with Flir capabilities.

In addition to making sure the City’s Code of Ordinances is being enforced, the Police Department has the awesome responsibility of maintaining a peaceful, safe community. 

The Cynthiana Police Department also has its own Emergency Response Unit (ERU team).

They also provide police escorts for funerals and direct traffic for special functions. The Police Department provides a house check for absent homeowners and routine business checks. Officers are also very visible to the community through our Bicycle and Segway Patrol programs.

Each year our Police Department participates in the annual Shop-with-a Cop program that helps needy children in our community.

The Police Explorers program is offered to youth in our community.  This program is used to encourage young minds to join the field of law enforcement. 

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