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Mayor Fischer Signs Child Abuse Reporting Ordinance Into Law

Mayor Greg Fischer has signed into law an ordinance that would require Louisville Metro Police to report allegations of child abuse against one of their own to state authorities.

The law codifies a policy Mayor Fischer put into place this spring requiring an extra layer of reporting when it comes to Metro employees accused of child sex abuse. The policy and ordinance, passed recently by Metro Council, was spurred by the abuse allegations in the LMPD Explorer case.

The Mayor cited the Metro policy and ordinance as examples of the city’s process working correctly. Once a weakness in reporting requirements was identified, the city strengthened the process through internal policy change. Meanwhile, Metro Council passed the ordinance, which the Mayor has now signed.

“This was an example of all of us working toward a better, more in-depth reporting requirement when it involves law enforcement and children,” Fischer said.

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