Lexington Assistant Chief of Police Recognized with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Assistant Chief of the Lexington Police Department and Eastern Kentucky University graduate of the College of Justice and Safety, Mark Barnard, will be recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award during the College’s “Night of Distinguished Professionals” celebration. The event began in 2003 with the College of Justice & Safety honoring Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, for lifetime achievement and meritorious service in the field of corrections.  It later expanded to an entire evening dedicated to recognizing alumni and other individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of justice and safety at the local, state, regional, national or international level.

Assistant Chief Mark Barnard is a 27-year veteran of the Lexington Police Department and was promoted to his current position of Assistant Chief in 2012. During his tenure at the Lexington Police Department he has served as a Commander in all 3 Sectors within the Bureau of Patrol, as well as serving as Commander of the Traffic Section, Planning and Analysis Section, the Training Section and Commander of the Bureau of Investigations.

He has served as the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Special Operations and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Investigations. He has received numerous distinguished service and professional awards as well as a Life Saving Award. He is a graduate of the School of Strategic Leadership and the FBI National Academy.

Assistant Chief Barnard holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and currently teaches at the College of Justice and Safety. Assistant Chief Barnard has led and worked on many Division projects and initiatives which are partnered with EKU such as;

  • The “Secured by Design” project which involves EKU, London Metropolitan Police and Lexington Police Department.
  • The “Police Executive Leadership Program” which challenges agency leaders to gain and enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to manage change within their agencies.
  • The “Safety City-EKU partnership” which provides hands on safety instruction to grade school youth in the region.
  • Partnership with EKU that provides an “Applied Problem Solving” course which is the key component in Community Oriented Policing. This course is formally part of the Agency’s promotional process and offered to every officer in the agency.

He is also active in his community serving in several leadership roles including a 20 year involvement with youth at his Diocesan Camp where he serves as Dean, as well as a member of the camp board for Bluegrass/Eastern Kentucky Hospice Bereavement camp.

Published on April 01, 2014