Spotlight: Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle
AT A GLANCE
Years in Law Enforcement: 38
Current Position: Madison County Sheriff since May 2013
Prior Law Enforcement Experience:
Richmond Police Officer; Berea Police Officer; Kentucky State Police Trooper
Education: Bachelor of Science in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office continually works to make Madison County a safer community. We partner with civic groups, churches, local school systems and other law enforcement agencies as we conduct programs to educate our citizens on crime prevention and the effects drugs have on our community. We participate in Safety City, which is designed to educate our youth on overall safety. We encourage our citizens to reach out to us through social media or our tip line with any questions, concerns or problems in which they may need assistance.
We started a Street Crimes Unit in 2016 after receiving many anonymous complaints on our tip line. The Street Crimes Unit consists of two deputies and a K9. They directly attack the root of complaints and personally contact each person for whom we have a name and number. Lt. Todd Allen spearheads the effort and tracks every complaint. This has proven to be a powerful deterrent.
We encourage our personnel to have ownership in the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Our office belongs to them, and I try to provide the materials needed for them to make it the success it is today. We empower our employees to make decisions and be accountable and responsible for their actions. I want them to seek training and education to make themselves more competent and confident employees.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office became the 17th sheriff’s office in Kentucky to be an accredited law enforcement agency on July 20, 2016. This was one of our goals, and we are proud to hold that title.
Our agency has grown from 32 personnel to nearly 50 in the past six years. We have increased our court security and road deputy positions to combat an overload in the court system and rising volume of complaint calls our deputies answer. We have acquired some new vehicles to bolster an aging fleet.
We have core values that are posted in our office and we work toward these core values daily. The badge of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office is a seven-point star. Each prong represent the seven core values of our office: integrity, honor, loyalty, commitment, pride, honesty and courage. These values is impressed on our employees and our visitors how much this means. I believe the first impression is the lasting impression and I want our personnel to be professional and honest.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has two detectives who work full time on the Madison County HIDTA Drug Task Force. They work vigorously with officers from KSP, Richmond Police, Berea Police and the ATF to dismantle drug-trafficking organizations. This has been a very successful initiative and a great agency partnership. We believe in getting the job done and realize the importance of communication and teamwork.
We have a great team of workers within our office as well. Each person is caring and willing to step up and do whatever is necessary to help in any given situation.