LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – The Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad announced they are making several changes to the police staff to address problems in the community.
The changes will affect the special ops team, the SWAT team and create two new divisions.
The changes were announced during a Friday news conference and he said although the officers of LMPD work hard there are still those in the community that don’t trust the officers. He said the mistrust must be addressed.
A SWAT team of 20 officers will be made full time and two new divisions will be created, they include: the Community Outreach Division and Community Services Division.
Conrad said the plan for these new divisions are to address the root causes of violence. The Community Outreach Division will target the trust issues in challenging areas and the Community Services Division will devote resources to reaching out to the community.
In the coming weeks, LMPD will promote 27 people as part of reorganization. As part of the 122 new hires this year, in the fiscal year, LMPD will hire 17 recent retirees as patrol officers.
The reorganization will include more narcotics officers as well.
A citizen training advisory board will also be created. Click here for information.
The staffing changes will also discontinue the flex teams.