Office of Inspector General

Accountability is key to maintaining public trust. Inspectors general at all levels of government are entrusted with fostering and promoting accountability and integrity in government. While the scope of this oversight varies among Offices of Inspectors General (OIGs), the public expects OIGs to hold government officials accountable for efficient, cost-effective government operations and to prevent, detect, identify, expose, and eliminate fraud, waste, corruption, illegal acts, and abuse. This public expectation is best served by inspectors general when they follow the basic principles of integrity, objectivity, independence, confidentiality, professionalism, competence, courage, trust, honesty, fairness, forthrightness, public accountability and respect for others and themselves. Inspectors general are granted substantial powers to perform their duties. In exercising these powers, inspectors general regard their offices as a public trust, and their prime duty as serving the public interest.

Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Inspector General (LOIG)’s role is narrower than those of typical OIGs throughout federal, state, and local jurisdictions.  LOIG’s sole jurisdiction is to examine the activities of Louisville Metro Police Department.  

LOIG was established in 2020 by Mayor Fischer and Metro Council by Ordinance §36.78 to increase transparency and oversight of LMPD. The office is an INDEPENDENT AGENCY that investigates complaints against and reviews the practices & policies of Louisville Metro Police Department. 

LOIG embraces the core principles of modern policing: 

1. The goal is preventing crime, not catching criminals. If the police stop crime before it happens, we don’t have to punish citizens or suppress their rights. An effective police department doesn’t have high arrest stats; its community has low crime rates.
2. The key to preventing crime is earning public support. Every community member must share the responsibility of preventing crime, as if they were all volunteer members of the force. They will only accept this responsibility if the community supports and trusts the police.
3. The police earn public support by respecting community principles. Winning public approval requires hard work to build reputation: enforcing the laws impartially, hiring officers who represent and understand the community, and using force only as a last resort.

One function of LOIG is to investigate allegations of misconduct by members of LMPD.  If you believe you've been the victim of misconduct you can click the link below and submit a complaint for LOIG's review and possible investigation.
 

Submit a Complaint

There are several ways to submit a complaint to us. The easiest way is to submit a complaint to us online. You can also request a complaint form in person at our office in the City Hall Annex, by calling us at (502) 574-5555, or by contacting us. You may file the complaint form anonymously, however, keep in mind that an anonymous complaint is extremely difficult to investigate. In order to make sure your accessibility needs are being met, such as language interpretation or help completing the form: please contact the OIG at 502-574-5555.

Contact

  • 609 West Jefferson St.
    City Hall Annex
    Louisville, KY 40202
    United States

  • Hours

    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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