LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The use of force by police officers has sparked a debate across the United States.
"It's no more important today than it was yesterday," Louisville Metro Police Chief Colonel Michael Sullivan said Tuesday.
LMPD reviewed its use of force policies this past April and said the department is not only meeting national standards, but is exceeding them.
"LMPD was ahead of the curb in de-escalation. We talked about them two years ago," Sullivan said.
A study conducted by LMPD's Research and Development in 2015 put the procedures under a microscope. LMPD officials even met with members from Black Lives Matter. The study found LMPD met the recommendations on use of force from the Department of Justice, Amnesty International and the United Nations.
Changes in recent years have revolved around training on two things, de-escalation and breaking down implicit biases, which is the notion that stereotypes can unconsciously affect our decisions.
"It's not anything you can learn in a single day or a single class," Sullivan said.
Recruits go through 938 hours of training, 24 weeks in the academy. Add to that the time they spend shadowing veteran officers.
Sullivan said there have not been any changes to their use of force standard operating procedure since the 2015 study or the April review, but he said improvements can always be made.
"Make sure that we are as transparent as possible to give the public the confidence that they need that we're doing the right thing," Sullivan said.
LMPD encourages people to look through their procedures and participate in discussions during community meetings with LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.
To view Standard Operating Procedures for LMPD click of tap here. The guidelines on use of force can be found on page 603.
A link to the 2015 internal study can be found by clicking or tapping here.