Police department makes historic moves

LaCROFT – Two historic moves were made this week by the Liverpool Township Police Department, with appointment of its first detective and its first full-time female officer.

Chief Jayson Jackson announced the promotion of Sergeant Jared Kinemond to detective status, saying he is the first detective the department has had in its history.

“He has done an excellent job for the department,” Jackson said of Kinemond, who has been with Liverpool Township since 2006, having been promoted to full time just last year.

Kinemond, a lifelong resident, earned an associates degree in criminal justice from Akron University. He and his wife, Samantha, have two children.

Jackson said Kinemond will investigate not only all major crimes in the township, but all burglaries and internal matters.

Promoted to full-time status this week was Patrolman Lacey Barker, who has been with the department on a part-time basis since last June.

She is the department’s first female officer, which Jackson said is significant, saying, “It’s time for diversity. Female officers are an asset to a department,” and adding that Barker has done a “good job” for the department on a part-time basis.

Jackson noted there have been many incidents in which a female suspect was detained and the department had no female available to help with aspects of the investigation.

A Pennsylvania native, Barker completed her police academy training at the Eastern Gateway Community College. She previously worked for St. Clair Township Police Department and the Salineville Police Department.

Township Trustee Keith Burke supported the move, saying, “These are new times for us. (Barker) is going to do an excellent job and will be able to do some things on scenes that male officers couldn’t do.”

The promotions will tighten his budget somewhat, Jackson said, but said he appreciated trustees allowing him to hire a fifth full-time officer.

Trustee Steve Betteridge said, “It’s something we had to work up to (financially) but we’re trying to bring the police department up and give Jayson all he needs to do that.”