LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville Metro Police Department is reducing its involvement in providing security services for special events and large gatherings in Louisville, citing personnel issues.

“With the latest change, LMPD will no longer be in charge of most special events in a ‘duty’ capacity,” said a press release from Metro’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

Instead, event planners will be encouraged to use private security companies, or volunteers, to help ensure public safety at gatherings.

“LMPD will continue to provide service personnel for events organized by Metro, such as the annual WorldFest, Hike Bike & Paddle and Light Up Louisville,” the press release said. “And based on Metro Council changes to the FY22 budget, LMPD will provide service staff for many Council sponsored events.”

Other events with “increased safety risks” will also be covered by the LMPD, including the Kentucky Derby, Thunder Over Louisville and other Derby Festival events.

As in the past, event planners will still need to apply for a permit from the Special Events team within Metro’s emergency management agency.

“We value our community partnerships, which help make our communities safer, but LMPD’s staffing issues require this change,” said Jody Meiman, Director of EMA. “We know change can be difficult, but EMA and LMPD remain committed to remaining a strong partner throughout the process.”

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