The Hodgenville Police Department employs officers trained specifically in sexual assault investigations. HPD investigates sexual assaults throughout LaRue County. Officers attend specific training that prepares them to handle these very intimate investigations.
Due to our size and resources, we can not accomplish this mission alone. HPD is a member of the Hardin County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), a regional team led by Hardin Memorial Hospitals Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Manager, Sara Tovar. We meet monthly with our partners represented by the Commonwealths Attorneys Office, law enforcement, Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services, Adult/Child Protective Services, Springhaven domestic violence shelter, and the Attorney General’s Office (SAKI). The mission of the team is to ensure a collaborative interdisciplinary response to victims of violence in order to lessen the impacts of trauma.
Through this collaborative effort, HPD provides the best service possible to assist survivors of sexual trauma.
The Hodgenville Police Department has numerous resources to bring to bear against impaired drivers. The department has a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Instructor on staff as well as multiple officers training in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).
DRE officers are able to perform an evaluation that determines what drug categories drivers are under the influence of, other than alcohol or in combination with alcohol. ARIDE officers are trained to detect signs of drug impairment in an individual. Together, these officers provide an invaluable service to the community.
HPD also received a grant recently from the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy in order to purchase new preliminary breath test instruments, or PBT's. This saved the department thousands of dollars and is yet another way our community is helping take the fight to impaired drivers!
Due to the size of HPD, each officer opens and investigates his or her own cases. Sometimes, however, we just do not have the resources needed to complete the mission. In those cases, we contact the Kentucky State Police, Post 4, and we are always appreciative of everything they do for us and our community.
HPD opens hundreds of criminal cases each year. We also assist in obtaining Emergency Protection Orders, Interpersonal Protection Orders, and mental inquest warrants. HPD officers create their own search warrants as well as criminal complaints through cooperation with the Larue County Attorneys Office and the Commonwealth Attorneys Office.