LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer officially signed an ordinance which establishes the Civilian Review and Accountability Board and Office of the Inspector General, adding "a new layer of independent review to Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) disciplinary matters," according to the mayor's office.
“Today, we are taking a major step forward in our work to advance our goals of racial justice and equity, and to strengthen the trust between our police officers and the public they are sworn to serve and protect,” Mayor Fischer said in a release.
The new board will consist of 11 members who will review complaints against Louisville Metro Police officers, investigations involving critical incidents and the department’s policies.
The goal of the Office of the Inspector General will be to increase transparency and accountability of the police department.
The inspector general and members of the board will be chosen by the mayor's office and approved by councilmembers.
“There is no higher pursuit than to serve a cause greater than oneself. Today’s symbolic, but historic signing of the creation of the Civilian Review and Accountability Board and Office of Inspector General only comes from being committed to that greater good,” Councilwoman Paula McCraney, who sponsored the ordinance, said in a release. “This legislation is critical because the police are the authoritative symbol of law and order and the general public is extremely sensitive to the slightest hint that police may be abusing their power and investigating themselves.”
For those eligible and interested in serving on the review board, you must submit a resume and a one-page document explaining why you want to be a part of the board to your local Metro Councilperson. You can find the councilperson for your district here.
Submissions must be sent by Thursday, Dec. 10.
Among those not eligible to serve on the board are current law enforcement officers and their families, Metro Government employees and elected officials.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said community members could nominate themselves for a position on the board. Louisville Metro Council issued a correction to their previous news releases with updated information, which is reflected in the current version of this article.