Mayor and LMPD Chief unveil dashboard to update public about police reform recommendations
Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields today provided an update on progress on recommendations outlined earlier this year from Hillard Heintze’s independent review of the police department – and shared a new dashboard where the public can track further work.
Mayor Fischer described the 150-page Hillard Heintze report, shared publicly in January, as “an unflinching look at what was working – and what was not. It clearly outlined the pain in our community as a whole, and within LMPD.”
The Mayor said he and Chief Shields agreed in January that it was important “that the community holds us accountable to making the changes recommended by Hillard Heintze – and receives regular reports on our progress. We’re here today to provide the first of those.”
The new LMPD dashboard can be found at https://louisville-police.org/803/HH-Dashboard.
The full Hillard Heintze report can be found at https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/2021-01/hillard-heintze-re…
Chief Shields agreed it’s critical that the public have confidence in the process. “Building trust and accountability means being transparent about the work we are doing, and the work left to be done, and how we are proceeding,” the Chief said. “The dashboard also will help LMPD stay on track as we work to meet our goals.”
While there is much work yet to do, she said she wanted to share the new online dashboard now so that police, Metro Council and other city leaders, as well as the public, can keep track of the progress on the various recommendations.
The dashboard, which will be updated quarterly, lists the 12 key domain subject areas and depicts progress through four types of status: Completed, In Process, Planning & Development, and Under Review. Dashboard users can also click on each of the subject areas to find the specific recommendations from the report.
Mayor Fischer closed his remarks today by noting that the Hillard Heintze report “showed serious challenges within LMPD – and as the Chief has outlined, we are dealing with those challenges. They won’t all be completed overnight, but reform is happening.
“And let’s also keep in mind that reimagining public safety requires broader reform, across our city and our nation,” he said. “Just like public health, public safety is too big for any one entity to be responsible for – and it’s something we all have a role in creating. That’s why my budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year invests in a system that reflects the truth that effectively reimagining public safety requires a ‘whole-of-government’ and ‘whole-of-city’ approach – a system that includes community mobilization, intervention, prevention, enforcement, organizational change, and re-entry.
“Working together on all these pieces is the path to real public safety, to real racial justice, to equity,” he continued. “That is the focus of my work today, tomorrow and for the rest of the 19 months I have as your Mayor.”