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    I've noticed that some of the Lexington PD cruisers read "Safety Officer" and others read "Police"? Why is that and what is the difference?
    Success is failure turned inside out
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,
    It's when things seem worst that you must not quit!

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    LexCopTK would probably know more about this than I do as he works in the traffic division, but the Safety Officers are not sworn law enforcement and are used mainly to assist the load the traffic division deals with daily. They take a lot of collision reports throughout the city and are used for traffic control at large collisions and at special events. They are not armed and cannot make arrests (I assume they could make felony detainments as any civilian could) and you will hear them call for an Officer if an arrests situation arises. There used to be a lot more of them and they attended parts of the Lexington Police Academy to begin their jobs. They have not hired any for quite some time and my understanding is they are letting the system phase itself out as those currently assigned to it retire.

    I only know a few of them, but some of them have been taking collisions and working major traffic details for so long that they run circles around some rookies.

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    • #3
      TTU's description is essentially accurate. Safety Officers take collision reports, parking complaints, funeral escorts and traffic control details.
      My posts are sometimes educated, sometimes informed, and sometimes blowing smoke...but they are mine and mine alone and do not reflect on anyone else (especially my employer).

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      • #4
        Thanks alot. The answer you all gave was the answer I assumed you would give, but I wasn't sure and wanted to hear it from someone who actually knew the difference.
        Success is failure turned inside out
        The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
        And you never can tell how close you are,
        It may be near when it seems so far;
        So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,
        It's when things seem worst that you must not quit!

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        • #5
          What they said.

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          • #6
            Thanks alot.
            Success is failure turned inside out
            The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
            And you never can tell how close you are,
            It may be near when it seems so far;
            So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,
            It's when things seem worst that you must not quit!

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            • #7
              The Council approved the 2007-2008 budget, which includes an increase of 50 officers. The July class should start on the 9th, and latest information indicates it will be 25 people or so. Testing starts at the end of July; exact dates are listed at: http://www.lexingtonpolice.lfucg.com...g/Training.asp.

              If the budget plan holds, you can probably expect a December class and a May class, both of which would compose the 50 additional positions (plus, if we are lucky, any attrition).
              My posts are sometimes educated, sometimes informed, and sometimes blowing smoke...but they are mine and mine alone and do not reflect on anyone else (especially my employer).

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