Kenton County Police Department

  • Agency: Kenton County Police Department
  • Address: 11777 Madison Pike, Independence, 41051 KY
  • Chief: Ed Butler (Chief of Police)
Phone: 859.392.1940 859.392.1940 859-392-1940
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Kenton County Police Department is located at 11777 Madison Pike, Independence, 41051 KY. The Chief of Police of the department is Ed Butler. The Kenton County Police Department phone number is 859.392.1940 859.392.1940 859-392-1940.

Kenton County Police Department News

There are sixteen pill drop box locations in Northern Kentucky that are managed by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, including one in our lobby. We encourage you to go through your medicine drawers to dispose of unwanted, unneeded, expired and potentially dangerous medication. Please, no needles, liquids or vitamins. Find the pill drop box location nearest you: http://bit.ly/NKYPillDropBox

Our department had a very special visitor. Johnny Redden of Independence came by for a tour of our department. He got to spend time with several of our officers, including Captain Johnson and Detective Benner. We hope he had as much fun as we did!

Our Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce detectives were notified about a subject uploading child pornography to Facebook. On June 7, 2018 our ICAC taskforce detectives, with the assistance of the Elsmere Police and the Kenton County Regional SWAT Team, executed a search warrant in the 4400 block of Maple Ave in Elsmere. While executing of the search warrant, detectives located an indoor marijuana grow operation and contacted the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force (NKDSF) to further investigate. Based on the joint investigations, our ICAC taskforce detectives arrested Larryn Montgomery 21, for possession/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor (a class D felony) and distribution of matter portraying sex performance by a minor, 1st offense (a class D felony). The NKDSF arrested Edward Bustle, 46 with cultivation of marijuana (5 plants or more) 1st offense (a Class D felony) and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (a Class D felony). Both Larryn Montgomery and Edward Bustle’s next court appearance will be held on June 14, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Kenton County Justice Center. Thank you to all entities involved in this investigation including Elsmere Police, Covington Police Department, Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, and the Kenton County Regional SWAT Team.

To kick of the past holiday weekend, members of the Kenton County Police FOP 44 dropped off a little gift for Brother Byron at the Lighthouse. The Kenton County Police FOP 44 is comprised of active and retired police officers from our department. This lodge improves the community through various outreach programs including Shop-With-A-Cop and College Scholarships.

Last Friday, Sergeant Gary Helton and Detective Steve Benner spent the day with students from Dixie Heights High School’s Forensic Science Classes. They showed the students how to properly process a crime scene with tools from our Evidence Collection Van in order to help prepare them for their final practical exams this week. Thanks for letting our team come in and speak. Good luck to all of the students!

Update: On Friday, we posted about a missing person. Tonight, Kearstin Sparks was located and is SAFE! We are extremely appreciative of the help from our community. Thank you for your help by sharing and raising awareness.

UPDATE 05/19/2018: KEARSTIN SPARKS HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR SHARING AND HELPING! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- We need your help! Kearstin Sparks of Morning View, Kenton County, Kentucky has been missing since May 12, 2018 when she ran away from her residence. Kearstin Sparks is a 16 year old white female with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5'01" and weighs approximately 110 pounds. Kearstin Sparks is known to frequent the Alexandira and Florence Kentucky areas. If you have seen Kearstin Sparks, or know where she is, please contact the Kenton County Emergency Communications Center at 859-356-3191.

On June 27, 2016, the Fort Wright Police Department was notified of a sexual assault in which a 12 year old female was raped by an unknown male subject- only known by his online persona, Matt C. Percin. They consulted with our Investigative Unit on the case and ultimately requested we adopt the case for investigation. Within hours of receiving the information, this online persona of Matt C. Percin was linked to Matthew Ryan Bucher and search warrants were obtained for his vehicle and residence. The Fort Wright Police Department remained involved in the case by assisting in execution of these warrants and subsequent arrest. Within 12 hours of learning of the crime, the suspect, initially known only as an online persona, was identified and in custody. During the execution of these search warrants, various items of electronic evidence were collected. In the nearly two years since Mr. Bucher's arrest, Kenton County Police Sergeant Chris Pittaluga and Detective Jay Downs have poured over this evidence, uncovering at least three additional victims who have been identified. Mr. Bucher has been indicted on various charges related to these additional victims as well. Yesterday’s conviction is a testament to the hard work and diligence of not only Sergeant Pittaluga and Detective Downs, but also of Assistant Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Emily Arnzen. Her attention to detail during the last two years leading up to this trail and her seamless presentation of evidence ensured the jury would find the justice this 12 year old victim deserved.

In case you missed it, at the last Fiscal Court Meeting Officer Johnson was promoted to the rank of Captain! Captain Johnson has been an officer for twenty-three years, seventeen of those with our department. He has served as a Field Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and as a member of our Honor Guard. Prior to our department, he served with the Georgetown Police Department in the accident investigation unit and a member of their Honor Guard. He was also part of the community resource unit and on SWAT with the City of Florence Police Department. His favorite color is blue. Supervisory and management roles within our department include four patrol sergeants, one investigations sergeant, two captains, an assistant chief and a chief. Congratulations Captain Johnson!

What are you waiting for? Become a part of our history! We are accepting applications for entry level police officer testing. We recruit men and women of high integrity to carry out our mission to provide top-notch public safety services to the citizens of Kenton County. We offer the exciting opportunity to patrol a large area encompassing urban, suburban, and rural communities, each with their own unique needs. The application and minimum requirements can be found online at: http://bit.ly/KentonCoJobs. Applications and resumes must be returned by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018. Qualified applicants will receive a confirmation email inviting them to participate in the testing process on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

On March 26, 2018, we were notified by an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detective with the Campbell County Police Department in regards to a subject living in Kenton County who was utilizing the internet to download and distribute child pornographic images and videos. The Campbell County Police Department became aware of this subject during an investigation of their own. The case was investigated by an ICAC detective within our department. As a result of the investigation, the suspect was determined to be the sole occupant at a residence in Erlanger, Kentucky. A search warrant was sought and secured through the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney's Office and served on May 9, 2018 at 448 Commonwealth Avenue, Apartment #2. As a result of the search warrant and items seized at the residence, Kevin P. Myers, age 54, was arrested for Possession of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor, Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor and Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 ounces) - 2nd offense. He was lodged in the Kenton County Detention Center and is currently under a $50,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is May 17, 2018.

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of welcoming members of the National Police of Ukraine (Патрульна поліція України) to Kenton County. Their visit was part of a trip organized by the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program to help demonstrate policing in a rural and suburban communities. During their day with us, the main focus was to discuss our police structure, including services provided, geographic area covered, and our relationships with other law enforcement agencies. They also met with Kenton County - Government Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann to learn about our government structure, took a tour of our facility and the Emergency Communications Center, and watched a K-9 demonstration and received an introduction on tasers. Along with our department, they also spent time time with Cincinnati Police Department, Covington Police Department, Independence Police Department and Taylor Mill Police. We wish our new friends safe travels home. Until next time!

Become a part of our history! We are accepting applications for entry level police officer testing. We recruit men and women of high integrity to carry out our mission to provide top-notch public safety services to the citizens of Kenton County. We offer the exciting opportunity to patrol a large area encompassing urban, suburban, and rural communities, each with their own unique needs. The application and minimum requirements can be found online at: http://bit.ly/KentonCoJobs. Applications and resumes must be returned by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018. Qualified applicants will receive a confirmation email inviting them to participate in the testing process on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Last night our officers made some new friends. You could say they were a bunch of, well, you know.

Over the past few weeks, there have been several thefts from vehicles at Pioneer Park. The suspects approached the vehicles looking for valuables laying on the seats. If they saw an item, and the door was unlocked, they would open the door and take the item. If the doors were locked, they would break the window (usually the passenger side window) and take the items. Please secure your valuables in your trunk or out of sight. If you see any suspicious vehicles or individuals in the park, call the police. These cases are being investigated by our department and if anyone has any information to please contact the Kenton County Communications Center at 859-356-3191.

At the Fiscal Court Meeting this week, Officer Schihl was promoted to the rank of Sergeant! Sergeant Schihl has been an officer for nearly seven years with our department. He serves as a Public Information Officer, Patrol and Field Training officer, and is a member and training coordinator for the STAR (Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction) unit. He also serves as the Kenton County Police FOP Lodge 44 president. Congratulations Sergeant Schihl!

The Kenton County Police Department actively devotes time and resources to protect our community's children online. Detective Stephen Benner was recently interviewed about one of his many duties as an I.C.A.C. (Internet Crimes Against Children) task force investigator. If you should observe ANY suspicious activity involving your children's online experience, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. http://www.missingkids.com

At the Fiscal Court Meeting this week, Officer Pittaluga was promoted to the rank of Sergeant! Sergeant Pittaluga has been an officer for 11 years, the entire time with our department. He was a patrol officer until February of 2016 when he was moved to Investigations as a Detective focusing on financial and personal crimes. He is part of STAR (Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction), ECU (Evidence Collection Unit), and the Kenton County Arson Task Force. He manages the Highway Safety Grants and Evidence Equipment/Supplies and is also a Field Training Officer. Congratulations Sergeant Pittaluga!

Please be aware of the Level 1 Snow Emergency. Be safe, Kenton County!

Be aware and be safe!

Just because water may appear to be frozen over doesn't mean that it's safe to walk on. The thickness of ice may vary across a body of water or from day-to-day. Don't take the risk and please stay off frozen bodies of water. If you see someone fall through the ice, immediately call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to run out to them as you could also become a victim. Other winter weather safety tips are available here: http://bit.ly/2CVQYx4