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Louisville police union says it's 'concerned and upset' with LMPD reorganization

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In the wake of LMPD's announcement last week that it is reorganizing several departments, the Louisville Fraternal Order of Police responded Monday night.

The statement written by FOP President Dave Mutchler, said, in part, that "dismantling the flex platoons in each of the eight patrol divisions should NOT be considered and will take an important option away from division commanders to combat crime and narcotics trafficking."

Chief Steve Conrad said Friday he's doing away with FLEX Units in each division. Those units are made up of detectives who focus on drugs and violent crime in specific neighborhoods. Just last week one of the city's FLEX units made this major bust.

The FOP went on to say they can't find anyone who was consulted about the decisions announced by Chief Conrad: 

Here's the full statement:

“Lodge 614 was not notified in advance or asked for member input regarding the recent reorganization at the LMPD. I was notified via a phone call the day before the announcement was made.  We believe that our department needs a full time SWAT component and can definitely benefit from an enhanced narcotics division.  However, we believe that dismantling the flex platoons in each of the eight patrol divisions should NOT be considered and will take an important option away from division commanders to combat crime and narcotics trafficking in their respective divisions.  These Flex platoons are currently staffed with 50+ detectives and sergeants who work very hard to address the thousands of drug complaints and quality of life issues submitted by citizens each year. My members are very surprised, concerned and upset with this decision.  I have reached out to officers, detectives, commanding officers, the chairperson of the Metro Council Public Safety Committee and other Council members and have yet to find anyone who was consulted about the decision to dismantle these units or the effect it will have on my members or the citizens of Metro Louisville.” 

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