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Madison County HIDTA Drug Task Force

Many people may be living next door to a meth lab and not know it. Some of the signs that there is a meth lab in operation are obvious and easy to spot. In fact, you may have noticed them and not realized it. Here are some of the things to watch for:

  • Unusual strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
  • Residences with windows blacked out.
  • Renters who pay their landlords in cash (most drug dealers deal exclusively in cash).
  • Large amounts of traffic – people coming and going at unusual hours. There may be little traffic during the day and large amounts at night.

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Many people may be living next door to a meth lab and not know it. Some of the signs that there is a meth lab in operation are obvious and easy to spot. In fact, you may have noticed them and not realized it. Here are some of the things to watch for:

  • Unusual strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
  • Residences with windows blacked out.
  • Renters who pay their landlords in cash (most drug dealers deal exclusively in cash).
  • Large amounts of traffic – people coming and going at unusual hours. There may be little traffic during the day and large amounts at night.
  • Excessive trash, including large quantities of: antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner containers and duct tape.
  • Unusual quantities of clear glass containers being brought into the home.
  • Presence of the following items could also indicate the presence of a meth lab:
    • Alcohol
    • Ether
    • Benzene
    • Toluene/Paint Thinner
    • Freon
    • Acetone
    • Chloroform
    • Camp Stove/Coleman Fuel
    • Starting Fluid
    • Anhydrous Ammonia
    • “Heet”
    • White Gasoline
    • Phenyl-2-Propane
    • Phenylacetone
    • Phenylpropanolamine
    • Iodine Crystals
    • Red Phosphorus
    • Black Iodine
    • Lye (Red Devil Type)
    • Drano
    • Muriatic/Hydrochloric Acid
    • Battery/Sulphuric Acid
    • Epsom Salts
    • Lithium Batteries
    • Sodium Metal
    • Wooden Matches
    • Propane Cylinders
    • Hot Plates
    • Ephedrine (over the counter)
    • Cold Tablets
    • Bronchodialators
    • Energy Boosters
    • Rock Salt and Diet Aids.

    Obviously the presence of any of these items is not an automatic indicator of the presence of a meth lab. However, combinations of these items or large quantities of these items may be a sign.

If you suspect a meth lab in your neighborhood, call the Richmond Police Department Tip Line @ (833) KYDRUGS (593-7847) or 859-623-1714.

The Citizens Police Academy

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The Citizens Police Academy is an eleven-week (that includes graduation) program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Richmond Police Department. Each session consists of eleven consecutive Monday night classes conducted at various police facilities in the county depending on the type of training being conducted. The instruction is comprehensive and each week separate areas of law enforcement are covered. Each class usually lasts 2 to 3 hours. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a ride along program.

APPLICATION:  CPA-Application

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By allowing citizens a firsthand look at what rules, regulations and policies the police follow, some of the misunderstandings associated with police work may be alleviated.

The objective of the Citizens Police Academy is not to train an individual to be a police officer, but to produce informed citizens. The Citizens and Police Officers meet each other face to face in a neutral, friendly setting and each becomes a person to the other. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge and the procedures that they must follow.

All classes are free!! Although there is no cost to the participant, participants are asked to attend all sessions.

Who may attend the Academy?

  • Citizens 18 years of age or older.
  • Citizens with no felony or misdemeanor convictions.
  • Citizens must complete a criminal background check prior to the class.

To Enroll in the Academy download the application online or pick up the application at the Police Department.  *We are accepting applications for future classes. Date TBD.

Download Application Here:  CPA-Application

Return all applications to:

Sgt. Josh Hale
Richmond Police Department
1721 Lexington Rd.
Richmond, KY 40475

RPD Canine Unit

The Richmond Police Department will be conducting a series of community crime prevention forums in the city to address the recent rash of thefts and burglaries. Citizens are encouraged to attend to learn how they can better protect themselves and their property and assist the police in making their community safer.

The dates and locations of the forums are as follows:

  • No crime forums are currently scheduled