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Louisville FOP president says LMPD needs more officers

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LMPD Chief Steve Conrad recently announced a reorganization of the department LMPD Chief Steve Conrad recently announced a reorganization of the department

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - LMPD recently announced a reorganization of its department, but FOP President Dave Mutchler says what the city needs is more manpower.

To address a rise in violent crime, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad wants to expand the narcotics unit and create a full-time SWAT Team. Mutchler says those are good ideas, but he is concerned about resources that are being taken away.

Chief Conrad wants to eliminate the department's Flex units. Those officers are focused on tackling violent crime and drugs in each division.

"We should have enough manpower so that the chief can do these type of things without having to take something away from the citizens on another end and disband a unit that does phenomenal work," Mutchler said. "We simply need more officer."

"Taking Flex platoons out of the picture and putting them somewhere else ... who's going to address all the complaints, guns and narcotics taken off the street? There's going to be nobody to do that."

Mutchler says union members are irritated that they were not consulted about the changes.

"We have the guys who have the boots on the ground that are actually doing the job on the street that know what's happening and can gauge some effective responses," Mutchler said. "They would've like to have had some input on that."

Chief Conrad told WDRB that he did not ask for input, because ultimately he is in charge of making tough calls. Mutchler says the reorganization announcement was a surprise for police officers and metro council members. 

"This was a surprise to everybody," he said. "There was no chance to at least have any input on it."

Fifteen Metro Council members signed a letter to Mayor Greg Fischer, saying they oppose the plan. The reorganization will be the focus of the next Metro Council public safety committee meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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