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LPD Adds Physical Fitness to Requirements for Hiring

Department Interacts With Youth in the Community - Speaks at Local Boy Scout Meeting


Officer Dontrell Nurse with the Lexington Police Department fingerprints members of Boy Scout Troop 142, demonstrating the technique while pointing out the differences of each print. LPD Police Chief Clarence Yarbrough stands behind the young scouts watching as the demonstration takes place. Officer Dontrell Nurse with the Lexington Police Department fingerprints members of Boy Scout Troop 142, demonstrating the technique while pointing out the differences of each print. LPD Police Chief Clarence Yarbrough stands behind the young scouts watching as the demonstration takes place. The Lexington Police Department has added a fitness and wellness program to the department in order to help produce more physically fit officers who can better protect and serve the citizens of Lexington. The department is constructing an obstacle course, adjacent to a new shooting range, both of which will be used for monitoring and improving the physical abilities of the Lexington Police force.

Chief Clarence Yarbrough said, “Our officers will be required to complete the obstacle course in an allotted amount of time twice a year. We will also use the obstacle course in our hiring process in order to ensure we are getting fit, ready to serve, officers.”

The department is also interacting more with the youth of the community. Chief Yarbrough, LPD Officer Dontrell Nurse, and Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Candace Walch, spoke at the March meeting of the Boy Scout Troop, Pack 142 “The Bears”, recently, giving them instruction on crime prevention and the law within their community.

The officers demonstrated how fingerprints are obtained during the investigation of a crime, and how they are submitted for analysis. Many members of the Troop had their fingerprints taken, while being shown the differences in every print.

The young Boy Scouts learned the importance of securing their residence, property, and vehicles and of the importance of reporting suspicious activity, thereby taking active roles in keeping their community safe.

Chief Yarbrough said, “We want our young people to understand how important they are to their community, and that when reporting a suspicious incident, they need to be truthful and to know how critical it is to report the information immediately to an adult or to the authorities.”

Judge Walch used her time in front of the young audience explaining how law enforcement duties and responsibilities coincide with the duties and responsibilities of the judge and court proceedings.

For upcoming events or progress within the police department, you can visit their website at www.lexingtonpdtx.org.

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