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301 W. Walnut
Southgate, KY 41071

Non-Emergency Dispatch – 859-292-3622

Police Administration Office – 859-441-7473

Police Fax – 859-441-7474 

Email   police@southgateky.org

Message from the Police Chief

Message from the Police Chief 5/10/24

As always, if you see a potential problem or need the police, don’t hesitate to call us at 859-292-3622 this is the number to police dispatch.  The dispatcher can send an officer to you or have them call you directly 24 hours a day.  In an emergency always call 911.  If you simply need to talk with someone in a non- emergency, feel free to call the police department direct line at 859441-7473.

-Summer is fast approaching so please be cautious while driving through our city.  Kids will be out playing and the police will be out watching your speed and stop signs. 

 -As you complete your spring cleaning, don’t forget that we have a drug take back box at the city building.  Any old, outdated or no longer needed prescription drugs can be dropped into the box.  These pills will be destroyed so they do not end up in the hands of those that should not have them.  The drug drop box is available during the city office business hours of M-F. 

 -You can sign up for alerts from the Southgate Police Department (and other public safety agencies in our area) simply by visiting our city website and clicking on the police department link.  There you will find the signup for Nixle alerts.  Nixle is a free program that can help you stay informed of safety issues as well as community related events in our area.

 -Finally, this is a reminder to lock your doors of your vehicles and your homes.  Please call the police if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood.  Being a good neighbor is sometimes as simple as looking out for each other!

Have a great summer!

Chief Christmann


Speed Limits

The speed limit on city streets is 20 mph unless otherwise marked.  Some streets are marked at 15 mph. Please drive safely and obey all traffic control devices.

Who We Are

801 Chief John Christmann
Chief Christmann retired from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office with over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience.  He was a member of the Criminal Interdiction Unit for the last several years of his career.  His specialty, while serving with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, was drug interdiction and commercial vehicle inspection.  Chief Christmann was responsible for or assisted with the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug-related funds and illegal contraband.  He also is a certified instructor for the US DOT/Federal Government, training federal, state, and local officers from all over the United States.  He is a certified Hostage Negotiator.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Organizational Leadership.  Chief Christmann graduated from the prestigious Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED) Class #1 in Richmond Kentucky.  He was hired as Chief in February of 2012 to re-establish the new Southgate Police Department.  Chief Christmann was the past President of the Campbell County Police Chief’s Association.

805 Sergeant Danny Johns
Sergeant Johns began his career in November of 1988 as a part-time officer with the Highland Heights Police Department.  He transitioned into a full-time officer on July 1, 1990.  During his career he was promoted to Sergeant in January 1996 and in October 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant.  He is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED).  Sergeant Johns received the Medal of Valor while attempting the arrest of a bank robber who fired multiple times at police in Alexandria.  He also received the award for most DUI’s arrested as well as most seatbelt citations in the department for multiple years.  He retired after 21 years of service in December 2009.  In 2012, when the new Southgate Police Department was formed, Sergeant Johns returned to duty.  Sergeant Johns works directly with the Chief of Police, handling most of the administrative/technology tasks and other duties as required.  Sergeant Johns is the direct supervisor of the Patrol Staff.

806 Sergeant Ronnie Gross
Sergeant Gross was born in Harlan County Kentucky and graduated from Evarts High School.  He obtained a degree from Union College and has been involved in law enforcement for twenty-seven years.  He is a graduate of the Academy for Police Supervisors (APS).  Sergeant Gross completed the Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED) training in December 2017.  He has served in Police Departments in Florence, Southgate, and Newport.  Sergeant Gross returned to the City of Southgate in August 2012.  During his career, he has worked in patrol, and investigations, and was a member of the SWAT team for eleven years.  Sergeant Gross has won numerous awards for DUI enforcement and has received numerous letters of recognition for his work while investigating murders, robberies, drug trafficking, and other felony crimes.  Sergeant Gross is currently in charge of all investigations as well as Internal Affairs.  He also assists in supervising the Patrol Staff as needed.  Sergeant Gross received the 110% award while working with the Newport Police Department and is happy to return to the City of Southgate.

823 Specialist Garrett Haynes
Officer Garrett Haynes was born in Northern Kentucky and graduated from Pendleton County High School.  He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and spent time in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom as personnel security for high-ranking officials.  He also spent time in Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom as a criminal investigator.  Officer Haynes began his law enforcement career with the Erlanger Police Department.  He came to work for Southgate Police Department in June 2016.  Officer Haynes additional duties include Property Room Manager, Field Training Officer, and New Hire Recruitment.

819 Officer Dave Lawson

Officer Lawson is a graduate of DOCJT Class 224 from 1991.  He initially retired from the Highland Heights Police Department as a Lieutenant in 2013.  He previously served for several years as the department’s K-9 handler and bike patrol officer and is a graduate of the DOCJT Supervisor Academy.  He received several commendations for his work as a police K-9 handler and Governor’s Awards for DUI arrest.  Officer Lawson returns to Southgate Police Department in 2013.

825 Officer Joseph Boyce 

Officer Boyce started his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force, as a Security Forces Member in November 1997. Throughout his military career Officer Boyce performed several duties while serving in Security Forces. These duties included, Response Force Member, Elite Gate Guard, Security Forces Armorer, Fire Team Leader, Military Working Dog Handler, Military Working Dog Trainer, and Flight Chief. Officer Boyce served overseas on seven deployments in several countries to include Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He is a graduate of the USAF Airmen Leadership School, the USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, and the Community College of the Air Force. Officer Boyce has been recognized by senior military leadership, to include the Secretary of Defense, for outstanding performance, leadership, and dedication to duty. His awards and decorations include but are not limited to five Air Force Achievement Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals and one Army Commendation Medal. Officer Boyce retired from active duty in August of 2014 after close to seventeen years of service. After he retired from the Air Force, Officer Boyce was accepted as a cadet in class 92 of the Kentucky State Police. When he graduated the KSP Academy in January of 2015 Officer Boyce served as a State Trooper assigned to Post 14, Ashland. In February of 2016 he transferred to Post 6, Dry Ridge. While in service to the State Police, Officer Boyce was lauded with several specific contacts for his stellar performance and community service. Officer Boyce started with the Southgate Police in September of 2021.

Officer Charles Boeschenstein

Officer Boeschenstein started with the City of Southgate in December 2022.  He attended the Police Academy and graduated in May 2023.

Officer Nathaniel Snyder

Officer Snyder started with the City of Southgate in May 2023.  He attended the Police Academy and gradutated in October 2023.

812 Officer Stacey May (Part-time)

Officer Stacey May began his Law enforcement career in February of 1999 with the Kentucky State Police. After graduating from the KSP Academy he was assigned to the Dry Ridge post where he served the citizens of Grant county. Officer May was named Kentucky State Trooper of the year for the Dry Ridge post in 2003. During his career, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August of 2005. He was promoted a second time to the rank of Lieutenant in November 2013. After being promoted he was assigned to the Bowling Green post as the Operations Lieutenant.  Officer May retired from the KSP in August 2017. He started his second career as a patrolman with the Southgate Police Department in March of 2018.

Officer Scott Hildebrand (Part-time)  

Officer Hildebrand started with the City of Southgate in March 2024.  He is a retired police officer from the City of Cold Spring.  He retired in December 2023.

Officer Tim Mitchell (Part-time)

Officer Mitchell started with the City of Southgate in August 2021.  He also works for the City of Florence Fire Department.

Officer Rich Whitford (Part-time)

Officer Whitford is a retired police officer from the City of Ft. Thomas.  He started with the City of Southgate in December 2023.

K-9 Cody

PSD (Police Service Dog) Cody, a German Shepherd, started with Southgate in June 2018, when he was one year old.  Cody is trained to be a dual-purpose PSD.  Cody is trained in narcotic scent detection, apprehension, and the tracking of people and articles.  PSD Cody and Officer Garrett Haynes were nationally certified as a team in March 2019 through the North American Police Work Dog Association.  PSD Cody lives with Officer Haynes at home with his family.  Cody serves the City of Southgate and if needed, the surrounding cities.

Police Forms


Vacation check form

Going on vacation?  Have SGPD check on your home while you’re away!  Email completed forms to:  police@southgateky.org or drop them off at 301 West Walnut Street.


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The Southgate Police Department was awarded accreditation by KY Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Program in June 2018 for four years.  The City of Southgate and the residents can be very proud!