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FOP head: LMPD is understaffed

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The president of Louisville's Fraternal Order of Police delivered some shocking news to members of the Metro Council - he says beat officers are about 20 percent understaffed. But the union and the Louisville police chief offer very different opinions on that topic. 

Dave Mutchler, president of the FOP, describes a city with a serious problem. For one, Mutchler called Louisville's juvenile justice system quote a joke saying all the police can say to curfew violators is tell them to go home. 

Mutchler also said LMPD would need to hire 112 more officers just to get up to its authorized full staffing level. He also said the most understaffed position is on the streets. 

Mutchler said you can't rub a bottle and have more police magically appear because you have to train them. 

"The budget that's given to the police department is going to have to be larger," said Mutchler. "There's no other way to handle that." 

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad said he and Mayor Greg Fischer have a plan to hire more officers than the department will lose to retirements this year. But Conrad disputes that LMPD is so understaffed. 

Conrad also said the new cameras in Waterfront Park are now working. In a change from something he said two weeks ago, the cameras will be monitored.

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