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Hillview Police Department seeing positive turnaround under new leadership

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You can't have a comeback without a setback, and the Hillview Police Department has had its share of setbacks.

The former chief of police was embroiled in a scandal.

Now for the comeback, it began 14 months ago when William Mahoney became chief.

"I just wanted to draw a line in the sand," he said.

Mahoney and his staff drew that line by writing more than 500 pages in an updated procedural manual. Paperwork aside, Hillview added an evidence room, but they didn't stop there. Hidden cameras have been added to the interview room 

The proof that the changes are paying off comes from The Kentucky League of Cities, which comes in each year and grades police departments all over the state. It looks at everything from the department's leadership to training standards.

On the KLC scale, a 95 percent is perfect. In 2014, the Hillview Police Department scored a 40 percent. Last year, it was a 27.

But the latest grade is a 92. Mahoney credits the 15 officers on staff for stepping up on the streets and in their office work. 

"Take your grade, and just roll up your sleeves and get to work," he said. "You just got to start somewhere, and just work as hard as you can to get it done."

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