45 W High St
Hodgenville, KY 42748
I am honored to be the Chief of Police at the Hodgenville Police Department. Here are some of my beliefs and goals:
I believe in being accessible to the community as well as being as transparent as possible. We want our community to be informed about who we are, what we do and how we are using taxpayer money.
I believe building trust among the community and our colleagues within the law enforcement community is of the utmost importance. HPD can not succeed without support from both.
I believe that the “good ole boy system” should be part of the “good ole days,” and I will not stand for preferential treatment.
I believe everyone should be treated fairly and with compassion. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
Law enforcements goal is always to deter crime and keep our communities safe; the question becomes how do we accomplish that goal? I plan to work with the community to better serve the community. I plan to reach out to surrounding agencies for assistance. I plan on offering our officers the best possible training opportunities. I plan on making a difference.
I cannot do it alone. I have a group of some of the best officers in law enforcement helping me accomplish these goals. I have a Mayor and administration that supports law enforcement and genuinely cares about the community. I am but a small part in a larger puzzle.
If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!
Chief Richardson was appointed Chief of Police in July of 2020. He previously served in the US Army as a Military Police Officer and as a patrolman with the Elizabethtown Police Department and both a patrolman and Sergeant with HPD.
SGT Avery was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July, 2020. He came to HPD in November of 2019. He had served previously with the Hart County Sheriffs Office, Brownsville and Cave City Police Departments. Officer Avery has also served as a 911 dispatcher.
CPL Whitlow was promoted to the rank of Corporal in October, 2020. He had served previously as an officer with the Greensburg Police Department as well as a CSO with the Green County Sheriffs Office. CPL Whitlow is also a previous dispatcher and had the distinction of being elected as a Green County Constable in 2015-2017.
Officer Judd came to HPD in June of 2020. He served previously as a deputy with the Green County Sheriffs Officer and as an officer with the Greensburg PD. Officer Judd has also served as a 911 dispatcher.
School Resource Officer Kevin Bennett was selected to serve as Larue County's School resource officer in May of 2020. He previously served as a deputy with the Larue County Sheriffs Office and as an SRO with the Hardin County Sheriffs Office. Officer Bennett has also served as a 911 dispatcher.
Recruit Officer Sherrard's comes to us from the Hardin County Detention Center. (He was employed there before anyone gets any ideas!) He is currently attending the police academy at the Department of Criminal Justice Training.
Officer Wood comes to us after serving with the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and the Larue County Sheriffs Office. Officer Wood is the departments K9 handler as well as the Dare Officer for Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.
Officer Drax came to the department in September, 2020. He is a Dutch Shepherd imported from Holland. Drax is specially trained to locate drugs and tracking.
Recruit Officer Williams comes to us after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently waiting to attend the academy at DOCJT.
Mr. Highbaugh is currently the departments clerk. He is also an assistant evidence tech and our IT "department."