New ordinance would require abuse allegations involving LMPD be reported to outside agency
Metro Council members intend to discuss a new ordinance at Wednesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting. The ordinance would clarify requirements for reporting allegations of child abuse involving LMPD officers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Council members intend to discuss a new ordinance at Wednesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting which would clarify requirements for reporting allegations of child abuse involving LMPD officers.
Earlier this year, accusations were made of a cover-up in the LMPD Youth Explorer program sexual abuse scandal.
Councilwoman Angela Leet, (R) District 7, said the ordinance will enhance what Metro Government already has in place. According to the ordinance, Kentucky is one of 16 states that already requires everyone to report child abuse to authorities. However, the current law does not specify that allegations involving an LMPD employee would need to be reported outside of LMPD. This ordinance would require an outside agency to be notified.
“Rather than just internally reporting something to yourself, if you happen to be in Louisville Metro Police Department, you have to make an external report," Leet said. "Clearly, you can’t report to yourself to investigate a matter. You have to report outside your agency.”
A report of abuse would need to be reported to Kentucky State Police, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office or the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
The ordinance also states that if any Metro employee fails to report abuse properly, that person could be disciplined, including possible termination.
The ordinance will be discussed Wednesday during the Public Safety Committee meeting. Leet hopes all council members will see the importance of the ordinance and will support it.
She also emphasized if there are any more victims connected to the LMPD Youth Explorer program, reach out for help.
“If you are a victim, you should come forward," Leet said. "Please report it. Know that there are other places to report it other than the local enforcement agencies.”
The investigation into the abuse allegations continues.
“Hopefully, we will know the extent," Leet said. "I’m hopeful that we do find out who knew what and when and that people are properly informed and there is transparency and proper discipline.”
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