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Mike Butler

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 This act repealed the office of Watchman and established a Police Department.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.




Selected book from an Louisville Police Department police officer.

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