LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Recent changes on the Metro Police Force aren't sitting well with some officers. Chief Conrad made the changes last week, but the FOP President said not everyone is on board. Today, he met with top city officials over the issue.
After days of discussion amongst officers, FOP President Dave Mutchler met with the Mayor's Chief of Staff this morning to lay out their concerns with the Chief's proposed plan to restructure the department.
It seems the sticking point between the union and the city at this time appears to be FLEX patrols in neighborhoods which target smaller crimes. Under Conrad's restructure those platoons would be broken up, and dispersed into areas with high crime rates, but the FOP hopes to keep the FLEX platoons together.
Chief Conrad addressed those concerns today at an appearance with Mayor Fischer.
"I have the utmost confidence in the men and women of this department. They're incredibly professional and do an incredible job. No matter what comes out of that vote all of us together are all about doing everything we can to make Louisville a safer city. I believe the organizational steps we take are important and necessary,” Conrad said.
FOP President Dave Mutchler told WHAS11 via text today that this is an ongoing process, and that he is working to address the concerns of his members.
If those concerns aren't addressed, the FOP union members could move for a vote of no confidence against the chief, but Mutchler did not say if that was a possibility at this time.