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POV | Kudos to the Cops

Last week was a big one for downtown Louisville.

Tens of thousands – many of them out-of towners – attended early rounds of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at the KFC YUM! Center. The Rodes City Run added another 7,000 people to the streets. “The Lion King” at the Kentucky Center and Actors Theatre's Festival of New American Plays were attracting big crowds. And then there was Stevie Wonder on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles – along with his usual entourage -- decided to drop by for a short visit. And -- oh yeah -- all this took place while the city was trying to clean up and work around multiple closed streets due to recent spring floods.

If ever there was a recipe for endless traffic snarls and other logistical problems,that was it. But through it all, everything ran like clockwork -- largely because of the efforts of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The men and women of LMPD were more than simple traffic cops. They were proactive in anticipating likely tie-ups and implementing traffic plans to keep things moving smoothly. They handled crowd control with a sensitive hand that maintained order without being oppressive. And they made enjoying all the charms of our city a pleasure instead of a chore.

With last week's performance, Chief Steve Conrad's officers demonstrated they're clearly skilled at “keeping the peace” in more ways than one. And we all owe them a debt of gratitude.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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