City approves LPD policy changes

Matt Lasley Reporter

December 3, 2013

The Leitchfield Police Department will soon implement its new policy changes following approval by the City, during the regularly-scheduled, December 2 Leitchfield City Council meeting.

At the previous City Council meeting, Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson distributed possible LPD policy additions for review.

The policies include appropriate protocol regarding hand salutes, as well as the installation of an Awards Board, incentives, and ceremonies to recognize exceptional work by Leitchfield police officers.

The LPD Awards Board will consist of the Leitchfield Chief of Police, Assistant Chief of Police, and Mayor.

Awards that may be given out include the Medal of Valor, the LPD Citation for Bravery, the Officer’s Medal, the LPD Citation for Meritorious Service, the Chief’s Commendation, and the Officer of the Year Award.

In a previous interview, Henderson said that, while these recognitions will not be awarded frequently, it is important to have them in place to reward officers.

“It helps to boost morale,” he said. “[Officers] should know their agency is behind them - and that they are needed, and they are appreciated.”

In other business:

*The Council passed a motion to approve the $25,540.89 bid on tires for the transfer station loader, provided Public Works Director Sheila Puckett can negotiate to lower the cost.

The new tires will replace the loader’s foam-filled tires, which are currently leaking foam, Puckett said.

*The Council passed a motion to appoint Joanne Deweese to the Board of Adjustments. Deweese will finish Aubrey Stevenson’s term on the Board.

*The Council passed a motion to ratify personnel policy changes regarding Medicare supplements for two City employees.

*The Council passed a motion to approve the Kentucky Office Homeland Security Projects Resolution, which authorizes the Mayor of Leitchfield to “make application for and, upon approval, to enter into an agreement with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), to execute any documents which are deemed necessary by KOHS to facilitate and administer the project and to act as the authorized correspondent for this project.”

*Council member Margaret Fey requested that Henderson advise LPD School Resource Officer Norman Chaffins to teach students at Grayson County High School how to properly take down, fold, and store the American flag.

Henderson said he would request that Chaffins instruct students on proper etiquette when working with the American flag.

*After some discussion regarding the New Cities Initiative, the Council decided to look into holding special meetings starting in January to evaluate what goals and work need to be done for the future of the City.

Council member Harold Miller said, “We need some working sessions.”

It was determined that City Clerk Kim Sowders will look into an opportune time to schedule the meeting, so all Council members may attend.

*The October 2013 City Budget Report was distributed to be reviewed and discussed at the next Council meeting.