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LMPD chief and Metro Council committee square off over proposed officer changes

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LMPD Chief Steve Conrad LMPD Chief Steve Conrad
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Council's safety committee and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad squared off Wednesday.

For two straight hours, the public safety committee expressed concerns with the shake up to LMPD staffing.

Chief Conrad went on to express that the recent changes are not easy to make, but they are necessary. At times, things got heated.

"First off, you're insulting my integrity, councilman," Chief Conrad said to one councilmember. "That I would come before this body and say anything other than what was the truth."

The main focus of the meeting hit on the LMPD Flex platoons that are set to be dismantled. Dave Mutchler, the Fraternal Order of Police President, brought up his group's biggest issues. 

He says some sort of violent crime at a local school is not an "if" but a "when" scenario, adding that Flex platoons often times are first responders to a school shooting. 

"Two years ago, at the shooting at Fern Creek High School, Flex platoons from the 7th Division and maybe even the 4th Division were the first people that arrived on that scene," Mutchler said.

During the meeting, Mayor Greg Fischer announced  that he will hire 28 additional police officers this fiscal year.

That brings the total number of recruits to 150, the largest class ever for LMPD.   

"The bottom line is we don't have enough police officers," councilman David James said. "So the mayor starting by adding 28 is a good beginning."

Both sides dragged the marathon meeting out for several hours. In the end, Chief Conrad believes his plan is the way to go, and for the time being, he's not changing it. 

"I will evaluate our efforts, and I will adjust if we are not getting the kinds of results that I am talking about," he said. 

The overhaul to the police staff doesn't take effect until Nov. 1. James, the chairman of the Public Safety Committee said Wednesday he wants to revisit the changes at the start of 2017. 

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