William Dennis Sims is the Department’s Legal Advisor. Mr. Sims started his career in law enforcement with the Indiana University Police Department in 1975. In 1978 he joined the Jefferson County Police Department.

Mr. Sims began his career with the Jefferson County Police Department as an officer assigned to Emergency Medical Services. He later served as a patrol officer in the old Baker District and was later assigned to the Planning and Research Unit. Mr. Sims rose through the ranks of the Jefferson County Police Department serving as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain.


Mr. Sims received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Forensics Studies from Indiana University in 1978. He obtained a Masters of Science Degree from University of Louisville in Community Development in 1980. He obtained his Juris Doctor “Cum Laude” Degree from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1985. He has attended the FBI Academy for Legal Advisors and has been a certified Police Instructor since 1987.


Mr. Sims is admitted to practice as a member of the bar in Kentucky and Indiana. Mr. Sims was also admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Sims has represented police officers in Indiana and Kentucky in both federal and state courts.

Upon being admitted to the Kentucky Bar, Mr. Sims became the Legal Advisor for the Jefferson County Police Department in 1987. Mr. Sims served as the Legal Advisor for the Jefferson County Police Department for thirteen years until his retirement in the year 2000.

Mr. Sims was hired by the Jefferson County Police Department to serve as the Legal Advisor in a civilian capacity in September 2000.

Chief Robert White retained Mr. Sims as Legal Advisor in February 2003, making him the first Legal Advisor of the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department.

Personal Life

He is married and has two children. 

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