|Many often ask "what are the duties of the sheriff's
department?" The answer is often too long to describe. We
are eager for the public to understand our duties and we hope
this page helps.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is comprised of several
different divisions. Many of these units work in the background
and are seldom seen by the general public while others are
highly visible. Here is a brief description of each division.
The command staff is made up by the Sheriff, Chief Deputy,
Investigation's Supervisor, and the Patrol Supervisors. They are responsible
for ensuring the department is running smoothly and personnel
is available to meet the public's needs.
patrol division is responsible for answering calls for service
that are received from the public. That includes responding to
accidents, thefts, burglaries, and a host of other public
needs. These are the "first responders" you will most
These units also enforce
traffic laws on the hundreds of miles of roadways in Pulaski
The patrol units are responsible for serving warrants and
criminal complaints. These officers will make hundreds of
arrests annually without the general public ever
The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for investigating
major crimes and other felony offenses. Investigators
conduct follow-up work on cases turned in by patrol
officers. They also investigate crimes such as: robberies,
rapes, murders, crimes against children and other major crimes.
This investigative unit is also a charter member of the Pulaski
County Major Crimes Task Force. The Task Force is
comprised of detectives from the Sheriff's Department, the
Somerset Police Department and the Kentucky State Police that
will "team up" when major crimes occur. They are also
in constant contact with federal agencies such as the
FBI and ATF. This concept will more than double our investigative
staff when a major crime occurs in our community.
Also part of this team is a unit that investigates drug
crimes in Pulaski County. These officers make undercover
drug buys and conduct surveillance on suspected drug
and alcohol dealers. They are responsible for one of the
largest round-ups in this area with more than 100 dealers charged in
a single sweep.
The accident reconstruction
team responds to major vehicle crashes where a victim of the
crash may have been killed or received very serious injuries and
criminal charges may result from the crash. This team of
investigators will documents every aspect of the crash scene
and, using computer software, will reconstruct the crash for
presentation in court testimony.
Critical Response Team
The "CRT" is a unit made up of specially trained officers that
respond to major events such as hostage situations and high risk
warrant service. Recent events at schools across America
have prompted this team to train extensively in our local
The Sheriff's Department is required by law to serve civil process. These
include divorce papers, civil suits, eviction notices, property executions,
and other types of court documents. Thousands of these papers
are served annually.
and Courthouse Security
Under Kentucky law, the sheriff's department is responsible for providing courtroom
security. You will most likely see this in the form of
a bailiff that remains in the courtroom. However, in some
cases, additional security is required and other officers
will be placed throughout the courtroom to ensure
The Sheriff's Office also provides security
at the entrance of the Pulaski County Judicial Center. They are
there to ensure the safety of all who enter the judicial complex
The sheriff's department is responsible for collecting taxes on real
property. This office collects the taxes and then disburses them
to the proper governing body such as the Pulaski County Fiscal Court,
Kentucky State Treasury and the
Pulaski County Schools. This office is also responsible for the
financial needs of the sheriff's department.
The Sheriff's Department
has a 24/7 staff of dispatchers that takes calls to the
sheriff's department for non-emergency calls. However, we
recommend that all emergency calls be made to the Pulaski County
911 Center where the call will be routed to the proper emergency
responders including the Sheriff's Department.