Metro Council approves audit of questionable LMPD overtime

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With no discussion and little fanfare, Louisville Metro Council made it official.

On Thursday night, council passed a resolution requesting an internal audit of Louisville Metro Police Department's administration of overtime between December 2016 and August 2018.

Council president David James said the audit begins roughly ten months after a WDRB News investigation found some officers worked weeks or months without taking a day off. Some even reported 21-hour days.

"My initial reaction, when I was first approached by WDRB about the time sheets for overtime, I was in total shock and amazement that that was allowed to happen," James said.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad has acknowledged there were "some abuses" with overtime. According to James, the audit will drill down on how overtime was assigned, requested, authorized, tracked and monitored.

"It's to make sure that the controls are in place so that the public and the council can feel secure in knowing that the funds were spent appropriately," James said of the audit.

The audit should be complete in six or seven months.

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