LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The White House is recognizing the Louisville Metro Police Department as among the best in the country.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad and Mayor Greg Fischer were guests of honor at the White House this week as Louisville was nationally recognized as one of 15 cities that stood out for its policing efforts and innovative methods.

President Barack Obama launched the Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2014 amid the fallout from the police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri and Cleveland, Ohio.

The White House and Department of Justice are impressed by how quickly Louisville launched 21st Century training. The training includes methods such as making body cameras standard for all uniform officers.

LMPD was also applauded as a national model for its transparency efforts, providing all crime statistics online.

"I feel good that the White House and the Department of Justice recognize that the systems we have in place are on the right track. They want us to share those with the rest of the country which we are happy to do and we'll be learning from them as well. But it's frustrating when you see the spike that we're having with violent crime right now. It's unfortunately not unusual in most of our cities right now, so this is a good way for us to learn faster and check the efficacy of what we've got going on," said Mayor Fischer.

Mayor Fischer also says the city will continue to invest in public safety as violent crime rates remain high.

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