Amid scrutiny from Metro Council, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad defend - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Amid scrutiny from Metro Council, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad defends his support of city's officers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - LMPD Chief Steve Conrad faced a line of questioning Wednesday night from Metro Council members as the year comes to a close and the murder rates continue to rise.

So far this year, Chief Conrad says there have been 113 homicides, a 43 percent increase from last year with most of them in the Russell, California and Shawnee neighborhoods.

Twelve of those homicides are confirmed domestic violence situations.

Council members were quick to address the rising concern some officers have with Chief Conrad, saying he does not support them enough.

“I think these men and women are under tremendous, tremendous amounts of stress, and they really don’t feel this administration has their backs from the mayor’s office to your office, and that is a reality that has to be dealt with,” Councilwoman Julie Denton said.

“The men and women of this department do a phenomenal job of trying to protect this community,” Chief Conrad replied. “I do support them. I do have their back.”

Wednesday was day two of a confidence vote for the River City FOP, in which members overwhelming no confidence in LMPD and Chief Conrad.

On the ballot were several questions to members including confidence in leadership, communication and manpower, despite the addition of a SWAT team and expansion of the narcotics units.

Chief Conrad said he plans to add 130 officers by June 2017, but the council says that is not enough, adding that many smaller cities have many more resources than Louisville.

The city currently has an officer to civilian ratio of 1.8 officers for every 1,000 citizens.

The council also suggested Chief Conrad be more personally active with many of the crime ridden areas, something he said he agrees with.

“They felt that it would be important for me to get out and spend more time with the men and women with that assessment, and I plan to follow that advice.”

The final crime report will be released the third week of January. 

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