Citing low morale and poor management, 470 police officers said they have no confidence in Louisville Police Chief Robert White’s ability to lead, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. The results were reported in a survey by the Fraternal Order of Police. White responded that he hears plenty of positive feedback from officers and that “most citizens in the community believe we’re going in the right direction.” The department has about 1,200 officers.
FOP President Richard Dotson said, “This department is in a sad state of affairs.” He said the FOP is not calling for White’s resignation but would if “there’s no improvement.” The FOP has repeatedly complained that the department still uses two separate radio systems that cannot communicate directly and about several dozen unfilled positions. When asked to rate morale among officers, 470 said it was either bad or poor. Asked if the department’s climate made them reluctant to do their job, 412 said yes.