Police Administration

Chief: Joseph B. Broughman

Chief Joseph B. BroughmanChief Broughman was selected as Chief of Police among a host of applicants in May of 2003 and assumed duties as the Covington Chief of Police on 1 June 2003.

Chief Broughman has over 30 years of experience with the Division. His first assignment was in the patrol division. In October of 1989, he was promoted to Sergeant through the division's promotional assessment process. Through a similar process, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in October of 1995. In 1987 Chief Broughman became the Division's first DARE (Drug Resistance Education) instructor. In the Spring of 2002, the City of Covington conducted it's fifteenth graduation Ceremony. Some of the areas that Chief Broughman has worked in as a member of the Division of Police, include; first supervisor of the Driver's license and sobriety checkpoints, presentation of crime prevention programs, various community board and committees, certified breathalyzer operator, and a certified member of the Division's bicycle patrol.

The ability of a police department to efficiently and effectively handle the enormous amount of data and paperwork generated by its officers and activities is paramount to it's success.  Law enforcement agencies have a special obligation to insure that it's administrative duties are handled correctly. Law enforcement documentation and reports are routinely subpoenaed into court and can mean the success or failure of prosecution of criminal and civil cases.

The administrative secretary for the Police Department is Jo Ann Smith.  Jo Ann has been with the department of over 32 years and is a critical component to the departments day to day operations. Jo Ann processes all paperwork concerning personnel matters within the department along with all reports generated by the departments officers including incident reports, accident reports, arrest data and traffic summons.

Reports such as accident reports or incident reports required by citizens should be requested through the police administrative office at 540-965-6331. Some reports and information are confidential and may only be released upon submission of a subpoena by the court, therefore insure that you check with the administrative secretary to determine the requirements for obtaining information or reports from the department.

Appointments with the Chief of Police should also be scheduled through the office of the Administrative Secretary.

The Covington Police Department moved the police department to the newly constructed City Hall in October of 2000. The new offices provided a better working environment for the departments administrative offices. The Police Department has: a Lieutenant, First Sergeant, Detective Sergeant/Investigator, Sergeants and Patrol Officers. 

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