Since merging as a metropolitan police department in 2003, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) continually strives to be progressive in transparency initiatives and cooperative relationships with news organizations.
The Media and Public Relations Office serves as the liaison with news organizations to provide them with a 24-hour-a-day on-call response, providing timely and cooperative information regarding matters of public interest and concern. At least one member of the office responds, in-person, to significant crime scenes and events. The office coordinates media access and press conferences, reviews newsworthy items for release to the media and coordinates media requests for articles or programs involving the department. The unit also fulfills all open records requests, from media organizations, under the “Freedom of Information Act”.
In addition to coordinating with the media, the unit strives to enhance the overall public relations of the department and has produced numerous advertising and promotional campaigns. The unit is also responsible for maintaining departmental social media sites in order to disseminate timely information directly to our citizens.
The unit consists of the following personnel – one (1) Public Information Officer, three (3) civilian Public Information Specialists, one (1) Communication Director and one (1) Videographer. The unit reports directly to the Chief of Police.