FOP responds to LMPD's plan to cut FLEX units

FOP responds to LMPD's plan to cut FLEX units

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There are reports of growing unrest among officers within the Louisville Metro Police Department.

At issue are the changes Chief Steve Conrad and Mayor Greg Fischer announced last week.

Those changes include the dismantling of the FLEX units that combat everyday complaints and quality-of-life issues in some neighborhoods. The goal, Conrad said Friday, is to strengthen the SWAT and narcotics teams.

But Monday, FOP President Dave Mutchler said the union opposes the idea of dismantling the FLEX units.

"We believe that dismantling the flex platoons in each of the eight patrol divisions should NOT be considered and will take an important option away from division commanders to combat crime and narcotics trafficking in their respective divisions," he said in a statement.

Mutchler added that the issue will be a primary discussion point at the FOP's regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

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