About the Louisville Police Department
March 8, 1856 – The General
Assembly of the Commonwealth passed an act relating to the “Police Department in the City of Louisville”. This
act repealed the office of Watchman and established a Police Department. It was decided on April 24, 1856 that the Police
Department should be modeled after the ones in the eastern cities, with a total of fifty-two officers from Chief of Police
to officer. The city was divided into eleven police districts and the officers were assigned accordingly. By 1872, the department
had grown to 180 men. As of January 5, 2003, the Louisville Police Department had 733 officers, and consisted of 6 districts
serving the City of Louisville.