LMPD releases review of Standard Operating Procedures in response to 'community requests'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville Metro Police department meets or aligns with the guidelines for police agencies set out by the United States Department of Justice and the United Nations, according to the results of a study released by LMPD Monday night.
The release doesn't list specific details of the origin of the study, but states the department conducted the review of its own policies and procedures in response to "requests from our community."
“Specifically, the existing policies of the LMPD were compared with similar policies provided by Amnesty International, the Department of Justice and guidelines established by the United Nations,” LMPD’s release states.
In a 16 page document, the department compares its Standard Operating Procedures to the Department of Justice’s “standardized policy statement regarding the use of deadly force” outlined in a 1995 memo from the Attorney General, along with the UN Publication entitled “Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law enforcement Officials.”
The document lists LMPD’s operating procedures alongside the appropriate guidelines from the DOJ, many of which are worded very similarly.
Under each recommendation from the United Nations, LMPD lists whether the department meets the recommendation or if it does not apply to a department with the scope of Louisville Metro Police.
According to the LMPD’s results, the department meets all of the recommendations from the UN and Amnesty International -- with the exception of a few that outline record keeping for national statistics or federal prison operations.
“In the spirit of Louisville Metro’s transparency model, we encourage our citizens to review all of the published policies of the LMPD,” Chief Steve Conrad said in a release. “Should any of these policies lead to additional questions, I encourage you to contact a member of our department to help you understand the process.”
The release comes in the wake of recent protests sparked by controversial remarks made by the president of the Fraternal Order of Police. The letter also led to community forums with LMPD to discuss the department's operations and interactions with citizens.
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