Changes aim to reduce police involvement, road closures
Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced changes meant to reduce the role of Louisville Metro Police in providing traffic details and security for special events.
Under new guidelines, organizers of special events in the city will be asked to increase volunteer participation during their events for positions that may not require a sworn police officer. Additionally, organizers will be asked to use private security companies when possible. Organizers will also be encouraged to use pre-designated routes that will need a limited or reduced number of sworn law enforcement.
“The sheer number of events throughout the city each week is a sign of vibrancy and community,” Mayor Fischer said. “But we must balance that with the need for LMPD to spend fewer hours covering special events.
“This new process allows our public safety teams to better coordinate with community groups to provide a better experience for participants and other citizens, while freeing up police officers to focus on other pressing needs.”
Earlier this year, the special events permitting process moved to Louisville Metro Emergency Services from Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations. Within Emergency Services, recently appointed Deputy Director Kelly Jones will oversee special events permitting, along with his other duties.
Jones will work with community groups to find appropriate venues for special events, with the goal of reducing LMPD involvement and street closures. The change will also allow for better internal coordination of city services for special events.
Jones retired last year from Louisville Metro Police. His most recent role included leading the city’s law enforcement details for special events, including Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. He also played a large role in this past summer’s commemoration of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
“Louisville Metro is committed to facilitating safe experiences for event participants,” Jones said. “I’m pleased to return to public service, and to lend my experience coordinating logistics and security for events.”
More information about special events policies can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/emergency-services/special-events