The Uniformed Patrol Section is the backbone of the Georgetown Police Department and is the largest section within the department.
The safety and protection of Georgetown residents and guests is Patrol's highest priority. The goal of the Patrol Section is to provide the highest quality professional services to all in keeping with the Georgetown Police Department Anchors:
Mission - The Mission of the Georgetown Police Department is to provide the Community of Georgetown and those traveling within, a safe and secure environment through progressive, professional police services while maintaining cooperative relationships with all Law Enforcement Agencies.
Values - We are committed to: Preservation of human life, while maintaining the dignity and rights of all. Preserving the reputation and integrity of our Department through strong standards of ethical and moral conduct. Development of a partnership with the Georgetown Community by being receptive to ideas and suggestions. Encouragement of open, positive communications among Department Members. Promoting growth and improvements by staying current in training, technology and equipment.
Vision - The vision statement of the Georgetown Police Department is to be recognized as a premier Law Enforcement Agency. We will abide by our mission and dedicate ourselves toward continued growth through hard work and training. Constantly striving to fulfill the needs and expectations of the Georgetown Community.
The Uniformed Patrol Section works 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is broken down into three 10 hour shifts; day shift, evening shift and midnight shift. Within the patrol section are several specialized units which allow our department to provide even greater levels of service to our community:
- Bike Patrol
- SRT (Special Response Team)
- K9 Unit Traffic Enforcement
- TCRU (Traffic Collision Reconstruction Unit)
- ACES (Alcohol Compliance / Education Section)
- Community Services
The Uniformed Patrol Section is led by Captain Robert Swanigan. Captain Swanigan began his career with the Georgetown Police Department in 1992 and served as a patrol officer, field training officer, sergeant and lieutenant before being promoted to his current rank of Captain in July 2012. Captain Swanigan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training's Academy of Police Supervision, United States Secret Service BCERT Course and extensive other police related schools. Captain Swanigan has professional affiliations with IACP, Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, Kentucky Internet Crimes against Children, International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, USSS Electronic Crimes Task Force and the FBI National Academy Associates. In addition to serving as the patrol section commander, Captain Swanigan serves as the departments Public Information Officer and heads the Internal Affairs Section.
Dayshift Patrol is led by Lieutenant Jason Whitaker Lt. Whitaker began his career with the Georgetown Police Department in 1999 as a Communications Officer. He joined the department as a Patrol Officer in 2001 and served in that position until being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005. In 2012 he was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant and is the dayshift commander. In addition to his patrol supervision duties, Lt. Whitaker oversees the Traffic Enforcement Unit, supervises the Alcohol Compliance and Education Section and serves as a hostage negotiator for the department’s Special Response Team. Lt. Whitaker is a graduate of the Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy of Police Supervision.
Evening Shift Patrol is led by Lieutenant Philip Halley Lt. Halley began his law enforcement career with Transylvania University in 1998. Lt. Halley joined the Georgetown Police Department in 1999 and served as a patrol officer until promoting to Sergeant in 2005. Lt. Halley was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and serves as the Evening Shift Patrol Commander. Lt. Halley holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He is also a graduate of the Department of Criminal Justice Training's Academy of Police Supervision. In addition to his patrol supervisor duties Lt. Halley is the Commander of the Georgetown/Scott County Special Response Team.
Midnight Shift Patrol is led by Lieutenant Jon Noel Lt. Noel began his law enforcement career with the Georgetown Police Department in 1997 when he was hired as a a Communications Officer until being hired as a Patrol Officer in 1999. He served as a K-9 handler from 2003 to 2006 before promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 when he became the department's K-9 supervisor. Lt. Noel obtained his current rank of Lieutenant in 2013. He is a graduate of the K-9 Management program from the Institute of Police Technology and Management and also the Department of Criminal Justice Training's Academy of Police Supervision.