Harlan County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Harlan County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 210 E. Central St., Suite 202, Harlan, 40831 KY
  • Chief:
Phone: (606) 573-1313

Harlan County Sheriff's Department is located at 210 E. Central St., Suite 202, Harlan, 40831 KY. The Harlan County Sheriff's Department phone number is (606) 573-1313.

Harlan County Sheriff's Department News

These suspects robbed the Shell this morning. Anyone recognize them?

We are excited and proud to announce that HPD has moved this week. We say good bye to our old home and we are settling into our new home located at 124 S. Cumberland Ave. A huge thanks to Mayor Danny Howard and all of our council, Eric Perry, Benny Patton, Lakis Mavinidis, Gail Murray, Ann Hensley, and Geanne Lee as well as COAP, Total Electric, Tri-State Electronics and Computer Concepts that help make it all happen.


Just a reminder, the first day of school for all of our schools is August 8th. Please allow yourself more time and drive safe. Pay close attention for the buses and the students.

Happy Independence Day! Harlan Tourism will be having a day long festival to celebrate. Beginning with a 5k run at 9:00. HPD wants to remind drivers to watch for these runners around the downtown area. Also a parade will be held at noon. Line-up begins at 10:30 at the Harlan Baptist Church. The section of Main Street from Mound to Walnut will close at this time. The parade route will run straight down Main Street to Clover Street and turn onto Clover at the Harlan Center. The parade will end after it passes the Center. Main Street from Clover to Mound will close once the parade begins. Traffic will also be stopped at Mound and Central Streets as the parade goes by. The festival will be at the Harlan Center with concerts throught out day and fireworks at dark. We hope everyone comes out to enjoy and everyone have a safe July 4th!

HPD is asking for help to identify the man pictured here. He is suspected of taking the pictured lawnmower from the Harlan Walmart recently. Please do not post his name here. You can call and leave information for Officer William Clogston at 573-1121. You can also email HPD at harlanpd@harlanonline.net.

As you know, the annual Poke Sallet Festival is upon us. This year’s festival will run from May 31st through June 2nd. The City of Harlan will have many visitors during this time and we would like to welcome them all. There will be some inconveniences during this time. The following areas will be closed during the festival and for a few days leading up to the festival. All vehicles must be removed from these areas. Any vehicles left will be towed at the owner’s expense. On Saturday May26th, the parking lot next to City Hall and Police Department will be closed and all vehicles must be moved prior to midnight. A carnival will be moving in and begin to set up at this time. The lot will remain closed for the duration of the festival. On Tuesday May 29th, the section of Main Street from KY 38 to Clover Street will be closed at 9:00am and remain closed for the duration of the festival. This area will be restricted to emergency vehicles only. On Wednesday May 30th, the City Parking Lot at the Harlan Center will close at midnight and will also be closed for the duration of the festival. Only vendors and those with parking passes will be allowed access to this lot at the Clover Street entrance. On Friday June 1st, streets around the court house will close. First Street from the corner of Central Street to Clover Street as well as Eversole Street will close at midnight. Central Street from the corner of Second Street to First Street in front of the court house will close at midnight and will remain closed until after the car show on Saturday June 2nd. As a reminder, please remove your vehicles from these areas prior to closing times or they will be towed. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope all have a safe and happy festival.

For the record....HPD has not tried to stop any concerts or close any business. We have not given anyone any problems and no one has came to council to discuss any of this. We do however expect businesses to follow local and state laws on alcohol sales and fire code for the safety of all involved.


HPD is both shocked and sad over the sudden and unexpected passing of our longtime friend, neighbor, and dispatcher, Edna Johnson early this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and I ask for yours as well. Edna was a calming voice on the radio. No matter how scared or nervous she may have been, she made sure we were 10-4. She also took care of us off the radio. I often referred to her as our den mother. She always decorated our office for every season and holiday. Peggy and Edna always made sure that we had the most beautiful Christmas Tree in Harlan County. I always thought what a shame that it was that only a few of us got to see how beautiful that it was. She kept our tummies full of treats or snacks and I will miss her bannana nut bread at Thanksgiving this year. Aunt Edna as my son called her was trying to find that special book for him that had a special lesson to teach that we all could benefit from. She was kind and tender hearted. She wasn't afraid to knock you back in line if stepped off of it. I would tell the guys don't do that, Edna will get you. Edna had the most unbelievable work ethic. Always involved in doing something either helping someone or working. I often said I don't know how she does it or when she slept and I hope I can have that energy and keep going when I am that age. Well Edna can get that sleep and rest now. God bless and Rest in Peace my friend.

Our thoughts and prayers go out for Officer Hamilton, his family, and all the officers of Pikeville PD.

KY 72 at the old tunnel motel is under water. If you are on that side of town or Ivy Hill, you must exit Ivy Hill from the downtown side.

Yes there is flooding occuring throughout the county. The flood gate at North Main has been closed as well as the gate at the CSX gate of US 421. The bypass remains open. A state of emergency has been declared. DO NOT come out to sight see. It creates more hazards and problems for us to deal with when there may be others needing help. Turn around and do not drive through flood waters. HPD, HFD, and HCRS just responded to a car that got caught in flood waters. Do not risk it. Stay in, stay safe and watch some TV.

The Christmas parade will be Saturday December 2nd 2017. The parade will start at the corner of Main and Mound Streets and run straight down Main Street to Clover Street where it will turn and travel up Clover to the Harlan High School and turn down Central Street. From there it will go to the Court House and turn up First Street and go by the Post Office. It will turn onto Mound Street and finish back at the Baptist Church. Line-up begins at 2:00 pm and the parade will start at 3:30 PM. The streets and the intersections involved will be closed to through traffic on the day of the parade 30 minutes before the start time. Please move your vehicles 2 hours before the start time. You may park in the city lot or on streets unaffected by the parade. ALL vehicles must be moved prior to the start times. Any vehicle left parked on the street prior to the start will be towed by the Police Department and impounded at the owner’s expense. Please have your vehicles moved prior to this time to avoid any inconvenience. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation. The Harlan Police Dept. wishes everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.


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