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#TogetherUKY: A Thank You to the UK Police Department

Thank you to UK Police Department

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2020) — On and off campus, members of our UK community are working to ensure that the university can keep its promise to our state — to educate, serve, research and heal. That's why UKNow launced this new "#TogetherUKY" series to thank some of the UK faculty and staff who are a representation of all our employees who are working hard in numerous areas and departments around our campus. We can't continue our mission without their commitment, resilience and collaborative spirit during this challenging time. We will get through this together.

In this series, the University of Kentucky thanks the many people it takes to keep the university moving forward in a time of pandemic uncertainty. Today's shoutout goes to the UK Police Department. From the officers and security on the streets and in the hospitals to the dispatchers and other civilian staff working behind the scenes, the UK Police Department can be depended on to carry out its duty to serve the UK family during this public health crisis.

“We are always striving to exceed the needs of the campus community,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. “As the chief of UKPD, it is a pleasure to lead this dedicated team of men and women who are always on the front line to protect and serve the University of Kentucky.”

Photo of Officer in UK Police vehicle
UK Police officer walking across campus

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.