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University of Kentucky denies Fox News report on relationship with LPD

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 13:49:40-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -- The University of Kentucky is denying a report made by Fox News saying the university was going to terminate its relationship with the Lexington Police Department.

University spokesperson, Jay Blanton, posted the response on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

“The story that ran on Fox News this morning regarding the University of Kentucky and our relationship with the police department is inaccurate and unfounded. Our priority at UK is the safety and well-being of everyone. As has always been the case, that includes working in close collaboration with other agencies, including the Lexington Police Department. To suggest otherwise is false and misleading. We have one of the most highly trained departments in the state. We have in recent years invested some $15 million in safety measures, such as additional safety officials and officers, cameras, lighting, remotely controlled locks and ID-card-only access to residential buildings.”

Fox News clarified their reporting on Monday morning with anchor Jillian Mele reading the following:

"First an update on a story we brought you yesterday about colleges considering cutting ties with police. The University of Virginia's Black Student Alliance is calling for all outside law enforcement agencies to be banned from campus. The University tells Fox & Friends that is not something they are considering. In addition, we showed a graphic suggesting the University of Kentucky and the University of Ohio were discussing similar measures. They are not."