Meet Rahsaan Berry

Candidate for 1st District City Council

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Rahsaan G. Berry is a native of Lexington, KY. He is the son of Ulysses and Marian Berry.  Rahsaan is the father of three beautiful kids and the grandfather of six grandchildren. Rahsaan graduated from Lexington Catholic High School and went on to Eastern Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Police Administration. During his college tenure, he joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and participated in various civic organizations.

After completing his degree, he joined the Lexington Police Department in 1997 where he started as a patrolman. He patrolled various sections of the city and worked with residents to improve safety in different neighborhoods.  During this time, Rahsaan went back to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Government Policy from Kentucky State University. 

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 After several years as a patrolman, Rahsaan joined a specialized unit called the School Liaison section.  This unit was designed to build and strengthen the relationship with the public school system and the police department. During his time with this unit, Rahsaan built numerous relationships across the county with Fayette County teachers, staff, and administration.  Rahsaan was then promoted to Sergeant where he supervised patrolmen in the West sector of town, helping younger officers to develop relationships in the communities they served.

In 2014-2015 the Georgetown Street and William Wells Brown corridors experienced a significant uptick in criminal incidents. During this time, residents did not feel safe to enjoy their neighborhood or their neighborhood park.  In response, Rahsaan was called by the Chief to lead the efforts to help residents to feel safe about their community again. With community input, Rahsaan worked on the following initiatives to help guide community partnerships towards a new level of safety and security.  “WE CARE” initiative was put in place to create community peace walks and neighborhood cleanup days.  Rahsaan also worked with Habitat for Humanity to repair neighborhood homes damaged by gun violence.  The efforts branched out to the students at Booker T. Washington Elementary where the students rallied in Douglas Park for a Non-Violence/Take Action Day to stand up against gun violence in their neighborhoods.  Students wrote essays, gave speeches, performed songs, and painted pictures all to take a stand against gun violence, bullying and neighborhood unrest. The Peace Walks continue to take place thanks to the strength of these partnerships which Rahsaan helped to forge.   For his service in these initiatives, Berry was awarded Police Officer of The Year in 2014 by the Fayette County Bar Association.  He was also given an Environmental Award by the Lexington Environmental Commission for his role in organizing the neighborhood clean-up efforts during that year. 

 

In the summer of 2015, a deadly shooting occurred during the Dirt Bowl, an annual event at Douglas Park. This of course caused local residents to feel unsafe in their park.  In response, Rahsaan collaborated with the Georgetown Street Neighborhood Association, Lexington Parks and Recreation, and Care Source to start two new initiatives in the park – Church In the Park and Movie Night. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, various houses of faith held services for the community in Douglas Park during the summer months. On Thursday nights, family movies were shown on a big screen for familities to enjoy with food, popcorn and drinks.   Rahsaan wanted to use this community programming to give the community more positive activity in the area so that residents could once again feel good about their park. 

In his current role, Rahsaan supervises the Community Service section where officers educate the community in various ways about safety and current trends. Rahsaan is also a part of the Police Activity League where relationships are built between police officers and youth in our community.  The program reaches youth interested in a number of extra-curricular sports and activities including football, basketball, softball, baseball, swimming, mentoring, a reading program and arts and drama. He has also played an integral role in the Crime-Free Housing Program and the Junior Citizen Police Academy.  Rahsaan considers it an honor to play an active role in bringing so many educational opportunities to Fayette County residents, especially the youth.

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