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LMPD restructuring to be discussed at next Public Safety Committee meeting amid growing concerns

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LMPD Chief Steve Conrad announced a reorganization of the department Friday. LMPD Chief Steve Conrad announced a reorganization of the department Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a plan LMPD Chief Conrad says is to address a rise in violent crime, but some say part of the new restructuring could do more harm than good. 

"We've been contacted by several police officers who are very concerned about the safety of citizens if the Flex teams are removed," Councilman David James said. 

Right now, each LMPD division has a Flex team made up of detectives who know the area and focus on violent crime and drugs. Chief Conrad announced Friday that the Flex platoons would be dismantled to make room for a larger narcotics unit and full-time SWAT Team. 

River City FOP President Dave Mutchler fired back earlier this week, saying in a statement that his members were "very surprised, concerned and upset" with the decision. 

Following a union meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Greg Fischer says his chief of staff met with FOP leaders Wednesday. 

"We realize this is change for folks, but they'll get used to the change," Mayor Fischer said. 

He and Chief Conrad aren't indicating there will be any change to the controversial part of the plan. 

"I believe what were doing is important," Conrad said Wednesday. "I believe that it is proper. We're heading in the right direction." 

James says with growing concern among members of Metro Council, he's making this issue a top priority at the next public safety committee meeting. 

"I hope, in the end, that we end up having our Flex teams in our divisions, that we have a fully-staffed narcotics unit and that we are protecting and serving the citizens of our community," James said. 

He says Chief Conrad has agreed to attend next Wednesday's meeting. 

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