LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – LMPD and Chief Steve Conrad continue to do what they’ve done every Tuesday evening; Peace Walks. This week, they walked through Victory Park, talking to neighbors along the way.
Yet, as relationships were being built in the California Neighborhood, there's some division within LMPD.
“I understand their concerns,” Chief Steve Conrad said, talking about the recent reorganization.
Chief Conrad announced on Friday some personnel changes within LMPD, including a full time SWAT Division and adding 16 officers to the Narcotics Division.
“Change is hard, but from my perspective, this is going to be a transition that we'll work our way through,” Conrad said.
But the Fraternal Order of Police is not completely onboard. The FOP President David Mutchler issued a statement saying in part, "My members are very surprised, concerned and upset with this decision." Part of that frustration is because Mutchler said he was not notified in advance of the changes. The Chief responded saying this:
“I don't lead by consensus, this is a decision that I have made, I'm responsible for it, I'll be held accountable for it, and I believe I'm trying to do what's in the best interest of this community and the best interest of all of our officers,” he explained.
The change would also dismantle the "FLEX program.”
The Statement from the FOP President went on to say, "We believe that dismantling the flex platoons in each of the eight patrol divisions should NOT be considered and will take an important option away from division commanders to combat crime and narcotics trafficking in their respective divisions.
“The men and women that do this job are incredible, they work very very hard to do their very best, and they will continue to do that no matter what changes I make,” Chief Conrad said.
The entire statement from the FOP can be seen here: