Chief Lucas Cooper
- Chief of Police | Alexandria, Kentucky
Chief Lucas Cooper is a Northern Kentucky native and is married with two sons. He has been with the City of Alexandria, Kentucky since 2006 where he started as a patrolman. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2014 and named chief in 2019. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He also has his Master of Science in Justice Administration from the University of the Cumberlands. Chief Cooper is also a graduate of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice training Academy of Police Supervision and Criminal Justice Executive Development Program. In 2020 he had the honor of attending the FBI National Academy, Class #279. Chief Cooper along with the two full-time social workers at the Alexandria Police Department have worked in collaboration with many police chiefs across the nation in developing and implementing PSW programs within their agencies.
Law Enforcement Track: Merging Operations
The group will elaborate on the internal collaboration between PSWs and LEOs. The panelists will discuss the referral process and on-scene collaboration, utilization of PSWs on negotiations, officers’ experiences with integrating PSWs into the department and how PSWs can ease the transition into the department.