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Standard Operating Procedures
for the
Louisville Metro Police Department













Ishmon Burks
Chief of Police 
Standard Operating Procedures
for the
Louisville Metro Police Department

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Louisville Metro Police Department





March 20, 2004

To All Personnel:

The purpose of the Standard Operating Procedures is to explain the
organization, policies and procedures of the Louisville Metro Police
Department. Policies are broadly stated principles and values intended to
guide members in the performance of their duties in conformity with
department objectives. Procedures are methods of performing police
activities to achieve an objective. Procedures may be general or specific in
nature. Each member shall be familiar with the Standard Operating
Procedures Manual and adhere to its directives.

These procedures do not and cannot address every situation that a
member may encounter in the performance of his/her law enforcement
duties. If a member encounters a situation that is not covered by policy,
procedure or training, the member shall be expected to exercise sound
judgment and act in accordance with the Department’s Mission Statement
and Core Values. There may be times when it is necessary for a member
to take action that may not fully comply with a stated policy or procedure. In
such situations, the member shall be required to justify the deviation from
stated policy or procedure and those actions shall be subject to strict
review.

Adherence to these procedures shall ensure the Department’s mission to
provide professional services fairly and ethically, at all times, to all people,
in order to prevent crime, control crime and promote community
involvement on all levels.

Robert C. White
Chief of Police
Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Louisville Metro Police Department to deliver professional,
effective services, fairly and ethically, at all times, to all people, in order to
prevent crime, control crime, and enhance the overall quality of life for citizens
and visitors. We will encourage and promote community involvement on all levels
to achieve these ends.


Values

Making the Community our Primary Focus
We are committed to a police-community partnership in providing the delivery of
police services. We shall accept a leadership role in developing relationships with
the citizens of our community that foster mutual trust and open communications.

Ethical Behavior and Accountability
We shall perform our duties with an unwavering commitment to integrity,
professionalism and dependability. We will be accountable to those we serve for
our decisions and actions.

Trustworthy
We embrace honesty and openness with the community as vital to securing the
public’s trust. Without reservation, we will adhere to a code of conduct that
promotes truthfulness and straightforwardness.

Respect for All People
We manifest commitment to justice, equal treatment of individuals, tolerance for
and acceptance of diversity by demonstrating respect for human dignity and
rights.

Objectivity
We are committed to the fair and impartial enforcement of all laws. We value
treating all persons equitably and without bias, with the highest regard for
individual and constitutional rights.
Law Enforcement Code of Ethics


As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the
community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against
deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful
against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to
liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a
manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain
courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-
restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in
thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in
obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or
hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity
will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance
of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political
beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions.
With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals,
I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor,
malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never
accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept
it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police
service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I
condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally
authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional
performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and
improve my level of knowledge and competence.

I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating
myself before God to my chosen profession . . . law enforcement. Louisville Metro Police Department
SOP Number: 1.1

Effective Date: 02/18/03 Standard Operating Procedures
Revised Date: 12/15/04
Accreditation Standards:
CALEA: 2.1.1, 2.1.2 Chapter: Departmental Organization
KACP: 1.2, 17.10, 19.5 Subject: Jurisdiction


1.1 JURISDICTION (KACP 1.2)


1.1.1 GEOGRAPHIC JURISDICTION

The jurisdiction of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) is contained within the geographical
boundaries of Jefferson County, Kentucky, as currently incorporated (CALEA 2.1.1).

The LMPD has the primary responsibility of providing all police services within Jefferson County, Kentucky. The
department provides full law enforcement emergency services to the citizens that it serves 24 hours a day, 365
days a year (KACP 17.10). Officers are authorized to enforce all applicable laws and ordinances within the
boundaries of Jefferson County.


1.1.2 JURISDICTION EXCEPTIONS

Exceptions to 1.1.1 include:

• Incidents occurring within the jurisdiction of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. Officers
shall assist when requested by competent authority (KACP 19.5)
• Airplane crashes
• Violations of federal laws whereby federal law enforcement authorities have decided, or are obligated,
to exercise jurisdiction


1.1.3 CONCURRENT STATE JURISDICTION (CALEA 2.1.2)

An officer may assist another Kentucky law enforcement agency in any matter within the other agency’s
jurisdiction when officially requested. If practical, the request shall be forwarded to the office of the Chief of
Police for approval. Once officially requested, the officer shall have full arrest powers in the county where he/she
is assisting.


1.1.4 CONCURRENT FEDERAL JURISDICTION (CALEA 2.1.2)

Real property that is leased by the federal government within the geographic jurisdiction of the LMPD is subject
to concurrent jurisdiction by the department and federal officers. Real property that is owned by the federal
government within the department’s jurisdiction is subject to exclusive jurisdiction by federal authorities. An
officer should verify the controlling jurisdiction prior to taking official action.


1.1.5 JURISDICTIONAL CONFLICTS

When a police department of another government within Jefferson County refuses, or is unable, to respond to a
police-related matter, the department shall respond, take appropriate action and forward any documentation to
the appropriate agency.
Reviewed 2/29/12 Louisville Metro Police Department
SOP Number: 1.2

Effective Date: 02/18/04
Standard Operating Procedures
Prv. Rev. Date: 08/18/05
Revised Date: 07/10/10
Accreditation Standards:
CALEA 3.1.2 Chapter: Departmental Organization
Subject: Contractual Agreements


1.2 CONTRACTUAL (INTERLOCAL) AGREEMENTS


1.2.1 CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS

Each contractual agreement between the department and another government shall be based on a need for
service. The Legal Advisor and the Chief of Police, or his/her designee, shall review each contractual
agreement. The Legal Advisor shall retain copies of the contractual agreements. Copies of the Small City
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) shall be maintained in the Eighth Division.


1.2.2 SCHEDULING

The commander of the Eighth Division shall designate a commanding officer to act as the Program
Administrator. The Program Administrator shall be responsible for scheduling personnel assignments in
accordance with contractual agreements. Any officer wishing to volunteer for this program should contact the
Program Administrator, via email.


1.2.3 OFFICER RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT DETAIL (CALEA 3.1.2)

Officers working the detail are responsible for all calls for service, within the city to which they are assigned, and
shall remain within the boundaries of that city, unless exigent circumstances arise (e.g. 10-30, officer in trouble,
officer needs help, etc.). Officers shall perform their duties in accordance with the requirements of the contract,
the Small Cities Program SOPs and the department’s SOPs. Officers may enforce state laws and Metro
Government Ordinances, but shall not enforce ordinances of lesser jurisdictions, unless expressly authorized by
the Chief of Police, or his/her designee. All officers are required to sign an accountability roster to indicate that
they have read and understood the procedures regarding small cities. The rosters shall be maintained in the
Eighth Division.


Reviewed 7/29/11 Louisville Metro Police Department
SOP Number: 1.3

Effective Date: 02/18/04
Standard Operating Procedures Prv. Rev. Date: 12/15/04
Revised Date: 03/08/10
Accreditation Standards:
CALEA: 11.1.2,11.2.2, 21.2.1, Chapter: Departmental Organization
21.2.2 Subject: Structure and Organization
KACP: 3.2


1.3 STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION


1.3.1 ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE/CHART

The department utilizes the chain of command principle in which subordinate supervisors report to their
bureau/division/section/unit commanders, who in turn, report directly to the Chief of Police. Each organizational
component shall be under the direct command of only one supervisor (CALEA 11.2.2). The organizational chart
describes the structure of the department and shows the relationship of components within the entire
organization. The organizational chart shall be periodically reviewed and updated, as needed (CALEA 11.1.2).


1.3.2 JOB CLASSIFICATIONS AND DELINEATION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The following are available to all personnel through the Louisville Metro Human Resources Department, Police
Merit Board and Civil Service Office:

Job descriptions (CALEA 21.2.2, KACP 3.2)
Classification plans (CALEA 21.2.1a-d)









Reviewed 3/31/11
Chief of Police
Deputy Chief of Legal Advisor – Patrol Services
Police/ Attorney Deputy Chief of
Chief of Staff Civilian Police
Administrative Special
Media and Public Support Bureau
Bureau Investigations First Division
Relations Assistant Chief of
Assistant Chief of Division Major
Sergeant Police
Police Major
Police Human
Second Division
Narcotics/ Major Crimes Special Operations
Resources
Police Chaplains Public Integrity Unit
Major
Civilian Intelligence Division Division Division
Lieutenant
Major Major Major
Training Division Third Division
Major Major
Crimes Against Professional
Support Unit Special Events
Children Unit Standards Unit
Lieutenant Lieutenant
Lieutenant Lieutenant
Administrative
Fourth Division
Services
Major
Lieutenant
Air Patrol/
Narcotics Street Inspections &
Homicide Unit Coordinator of
Enforcement Unit Compliance Unit
Lieutenant Special Teams
Administrative
Lieutenant Lieutenant
Fifth Division
Lieutenant
Services Division
Major
Major
Major Case
Robbery Unit Canine Unit
Investigation Unit
Lieutenant Lieutenant Sixth Division
Records
Lieutenant
Major
Management
Civilian
Special Victims
Violent Crime
& Financial Traffic Unit Seventh Division
Vehicle
Interdiction Unit
Crimes Unit Lieutenant Major
Impoundment Unit Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Eighth Division
Forensic Community
Property Room Administration Major
Investigations Relations
Lieutenant Sergeant
Lieutenant Lieutenant
Planning and
Technology
Lieutenant
Revised 12/11Louisville Metro Police Department
SOP Number: 1.4

Effective Date: 02/18/04
Standard Operating Procedures
Prv. Rev. Date: 05/10/09
Revised Date: 01/24/11
Accreditation Standards:
CALEA: 11.1.1, 12.1.1, Chapter: Departmental Organization
12.1.2, 17.1.1 Subject: Chief of Police
KACP: 2.1, 4.1, 8.1


1.4 CHIEF OF POLICE


1.4.1 RESPONSIBILITIES

The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Louisville Metro Mayor and shall report directly to him/her, or
his/her designee.

The Chief of Police is empowered as the highest authority in the department. The Chief of Police has the
ultimate control over all aspects of departmental operations and command authority over all bureaus, divisions,
sections, units, squads, groups, teams or any other components of the department (CALEA 11.1.1, 12.1.1,
KACP 4.1). Additionally, the Chief of Police shall be responsible for all fiscal matters of the department (CALEA
17.1.1, KACP 8.1).

The Chief of Police shall directly supervise the following personnel:

• Deputy Chief of Police/Chief of Staff
• e/Patrol Services
• Legal Advisor

In the event of an extended absence, the Chief of Police shall designate, in writing, an “acting authority” (CALEA
12.1.2a).


1.4.2 LEGAL ADVISOR

The Legal Advisor shall provide general legal advice to the department and act as a liaison between the
department and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office (KACP 2.1).

Reviewed 12/30/11