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Budget-Driven Cuts Contribute To Large LMPD Surplus

Nearly six months after citywide budget cuts, Metro government leaders shared insight into how the Louisville Metro Police Department ended up with a surplus of more than $2.6 million last year.

A key factor was the cancellation of a recruit class in June, which was done in anticipation of the cuts, according to the city’s Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt. He and police Chief Steve Conrad addressed the Metro Council’s public safety committee on Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday, the budget committee will consider an ordinance determining how an unexpected $4 million surplus from the last fiscal year — which includes the LMPD’s excess — will be allocated across Metro Government.

Frockt said about a third of the LMPD surplus came from sources like special events, including a one-time payment for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup, which took place at Churchill Downs.

But eliminating the planned June recruit class saved the department $460,000 in personnel costs, he said.

“The reason that you have the greatest savings from the cancellation of the June class is that you have 12 months that you’re not paying the recruits,” Frockt said.

Another nearly $1.3 million wasn’t spent on expenditures such as ammunition, first aid …

LMPD To Emphasize Considering De-Escalation In Internal Investigations

For the first time, language in the operating manual for Louisville Metro Police Department’s professional standards unit will direct internal investigators to consider whether officers tried de-escalation as a way to avoid using force.

After months of discussion with city leadership, Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT) is celebrating the proposed shift. Chief Steve Conrad announced the change Tuesday evening at a membership meeting hosted by the group.

Conrad said conversations with CLOUT “led to some changes that I think will not only improve our policies and our practices, but will hopefully also lead to a reduction in the number of injuries involving citizens and our officers.”

Chris Finzer, the chair of CLOUT’s mental health and addiction issue committee, said this new language doesn’t put new burdens on officers, but rather makes the potential for de-escalation more central to investigations.

Plus, he said LMPD is adding to its standard operating procedures information about interacting with people who may be intoxicated, suicidal or otherwise acting erratically. That will inform investigations into encounters with people who may suffer from mental illness or addiction, he said.

“It will definitely be an expectation for police officers to make greater use of the …

LMPD Chief Announces Plan To Reorganize As Police Force Shrinks

The Louisville Metro Police Department could lose up to 100 officers by the end of the fiscal year, leading Chief Steve Conrad to reorganize staff in an effort to “become leaner and more focused in our approach,” he announced Tuesday morning.

LMPD has already implemented some changes this year due to Metro-wide budget cuts, including pulling crossing guards and resource officers out of schools, and cutting a recruit class. City leaders cut more than $25 million from this year’s budget due to increasing pension and employee health care costs.

The changes announced Tuesday involve consolidating departments starting Dec. 1, the deadline for some officers to retire in order to receive certain pension benefits. Conrad said special operations and community services would merge, as would narcotics and the Ninth Mobile division.

“While we’re still working out the details of these combined divisions in terms of how they’ll be structured internally, we know that the steps are necessary because of the budget cuts, and because of the size of our decreasing workforce,” Conrad said at a news conference Tuesday. “Our intention is to continue to serve this community, though, with all of the functions that currently exist today in …

More Louisville Catholic School Alums Allege Abuse By Coach

In the summer of 1992, a 13-year-old boy confided to his mother that Drew Conliffe, his former basketball coach, had sexually abused him four times during the past month.

The mother called police. The boy’s father cussed out Conliffe. And he shared the basics of his son’s story with a couple of other members of the athletics booster club at Our Lady of Lourdes School, where Conliffe, then 25, coached, and where the boy was about to begin eighth grade.

His mother said police expressed no interest in the case. The booster club quietly dismissed Conliffe from Lourdes, but apparently took no other action. And the boy didn’t want to tell others, fearing that he would be stigmatized if word of the abuse spread.

In October 1992, Conliffe wrote a letter of regret to the boy’s father, although he never said precisely what he was apologizing for.

“One of my biggest faults as a person is that I sometimes carry things too far with people, and I certainly did that with (your son),” the letter said.

“For that, I am sorry and I hope someday you and (your wife) can respect me as a person because I know I have …