- 2021 Promoted to Investigations Major
- 2020 Special Investigations Sergeant
- 2018 Promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Criminal Investigations Division
- 2015 awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
- 2014 awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
- 2013 Assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force
- 2009 Assigned to the K9 Unit
Major Wes Parks began his law enforcement career in March 1999 at the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office in Lexington, Ky. During his time there he served as a road deputy assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. In March 2001, he transferred to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office to be closer to his wife while she completed her graduate degree at Bellarmine University. On January 3, 2003, he was selected to start the last Jefferson County Police Department lateral class. Once merger was completed, he served in the 8th division and 4th division of the Louisville Metro Police Department as a patrol officer and as a detective. In June 2007 he was selected to serve on the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force where he assisted in the apprehension of wanted violent offenders in the Western District of KY.
Major Parks joined the Jeffersontown Police Department in April 2008 as a patrol officer on 2nd Platoon. Major Parks was selected in 2009 to be the first K9 handler in the history of the department. He went through a rigorous 20 weeks of K9 training with his K9 partner Blitz. During his time assigned to patrol with his K9, he made multiple apprehensions and multiple narcotics seizures. In 2013, he was assigned as a detective in the Special Investigations Unit as a K9 handler for the DEA Task Force. In October 2018, he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit. In July 2020, he was transferred to be the sergeant over the Special Investigations Unit. Major Parks was promoted to Investigations Division Commander in March 2021.
In addition, Major Parks graduated from Lexington Catholic High School and attended Eastern KY University and the Lexington Community College. Major Parks has been through extensive training and holds certificates in Advanced Narcotics investigations by the DEA and Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT), and Advanced Interview and Interrogation Techniques through the Reid institute and the (DOCJT).