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File #: R-120-20    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/14/2020 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 12/10/2020 Final action: 12/10/2020
Title: AN RESOLUTION URGING METRO GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE STEPS TO REQUIRE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WHEN CRITICAL INCIDENTS OCCUR.
Sponsors: David James (D-6), Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4)
Attachments: 1. R-120-20 V.1 091720 Drug Testing for LMPD After Incidents.pdf, 2. RES 123 2020.pdf
RESOLUTION NO. _____, SERIES 2020
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AN RESOLUTION URGING METRO GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE STEPS TO REQUIRE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WHEN CRITICAL INCIDENTS OCCUR.
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SPONSORED BY: PRESIDENT DAVID JAMES AND
COUNCIL MEMBER BARBARA SEXTON SMITH
WHEREAS, employee use of drugs or alcohol presents problems in any workplace setting because of the risks of impaired judgment resulting from their use; and
WHEREAS, the risks are exponentially more consequential when a sworn law enforcement officer is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while performing his or her duties, exacerbating potential dangers to both the public and the police; and
WHEREAS, detecting whether or not drug and alcohol use contributed to a critical police incident will assist Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) in enhancing the department's professionalism and the community's trust in the officers' actions; and
WHEREAS, state and local jurisdictions routinely require testing for drugs and/or alcohol when an officer has been involved in a "critical incident," including but not limited to the use of deadly force, or any other action by the officer line of duty which resulted in or could have resulted in the death or serious physical injury of the officer or a member of the public; and
WHEREAS, provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) appear to permit, but not require, LMPD to administer drug and alcohol tests to officers involved in deadly force incidents as defined in the CBA; and
WHEREAS, negotiations are underway between Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 614 for a new CBA.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT ("METRO COUNCIL") AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION I. The Metro Council urges Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government a...

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