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Public Safety Survey Released

A public safety survey for Metro Louisville is now available online. It’s part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Merger 2.0 Task Force, which was formed to look at the progress of the 2003 merger between county and city governments.

This is the second survey by the task force measuring public opinion of the public safety sector, said Councilman James Peden, chair of the Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee. It will help measure change in public opinion and will ask participants where improvements could be made.

Participants will be asked some identifiable information like age and where they live. They’ll also respond to questions regarding public safety and any experiences they may have with Metro Police.

“We will take what the public says and try to apply it to an overall recommendation package that makes a good next step,” Peden said.

Within the next two weeks phone surveys will be conducted for Merger 2.0. These surveys will seek public opinion on various merger issues, such as the difference between urban and suburban services and taxes.

Merger 2.0 Task Force recommendations will be reported by Oct. 1. and may inspire new state and city legislation for 2012. The survey is available until Aug. 2.

Click here to be directed to the public safety survey.

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Peden Says Issues Other Than Tornado Siren Silence Prompted Call for MetroSafe Audit

Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden says it was more than a botched tornado warning that led him to ask for an audit of MetroSafe.

Peden and his vice chair on the council’s Public Safety committee, Councilman David James, sent a letter to Mayor Greg Fischer’s office requesting the audit Tuesday. Peden says he and James have a number of issues with MetroSafe, many of them stemming from redundancies and inefficiencies in how the agency operates.

Peden says he decided to formally request the audit, though, after seeing MetroSafe’s response to civil defense sirens that failed to sound during a tornado warning. After first blaming faulty equipment, MetroSafe officials said two employees could have turned on the sirens manually.

“Falling on the sword or pushed on the sword, I don’t know,” he says. “If we had been a little more forthcoming, if MetroSafe had been a little more forthcoming at the beginning of that issue, the letter may not have been written.”

The mayor’s office says MetroSafe will be audited, along with every other city agency, as part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s plans for his first term. Peden says the MetroSafe audit should be made a priority.

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Mayor’s Office Says MetroSafe Audit Was Planned, Will Be Conducted

Two members of the Louisville Metro Council have asked for an audit of MetroSafe, following the recent failure of the civil defense sirens during a tornado warning. The mayor’s office will conduct the audit, but not necessarily because of the request.

Even though MetroSafe officials say they’ve fixed any issues with the sirens, the heads of the council’s Public Safety committee requested the audit. In a statement, councilmen James Peden and David James say there have been numerous concerns with MetroSafe, and an audit is long-overdue.

Mayor Greg Fischer’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says the audit has been planned since day one of Fischer’s time in office, since the mayor plans to review every department.

“We have audits going on for the Planning and Design department we announced recently, for Animal Services and also for the Public Works department. We already have three ongoing and we will be announcing more in the coming months,” he says.

Poynter says he’s not sure when the MetroSafe audit will begin, but adds that the council members’ request will not likely change the timeline.

“We appreciate the council’s concerns and we will be auditing MetroSafe. The concerns over the sirens—we had a problem, we did an investigation and we corrected the action. So we’re pretty confident that the sirens being silent will never happen again.”