In an effort to curb increases in violent crime, the Metro Louisville City Council approved an additional $1.2 million in overtime for city police officers in December of 2016. The money was to be used to increase patrols in certain high crime neighborhoods for an entire year. Now the police department is facing scrutiny on how the money was spent.
While the $1.2 million was intended to increase patrols for an entire year, city officials point out that nearly half of the earmarked money was spent in the first 7 weeks of 2017. Additionally, city officials and local news sources discovered a small handful of Louisville Metro police officers appear to have received a disproportionate amount of the additional funds. In fact, 6 LMPD officers received a total of more than $250,000 in overtime for the year. This has city officials questioning the leadership and oversight practices of the police department.
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