LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police announced Monday it is canceling all off-day and vacation requests until further notice.
LMPD says it is planning for Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement regarding the Breonna Taylor case.
Acting Chief of Police Robert Schroeder also declared a state of emergency for LMPD. The declaration means LMPD will operate under emergency staffing and reporting guidelines outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Response Plan, and collective bargaining agreements until further notice.
LMPD is also setting up barriers around downtown as part of its preparations. Cameron has said there is no timetable for the announcement.
Tuesday morning, LMPD outlined the actions it has taken downtown on Twitter, such as placing vehicle barricades around Jefferson Square Park and the perimeter of downtown, limiting surface parking, and restricting vehicle access in certain areas.
LMPD also released locations where those with "legitimate business" can enter and exit downtown.
TARC also announced Tuesday morning that all stops traveling between Broadway and River Road and between 1st and 9th streets downtown would be closed until further notice.
Schroeder provided an update Tuesday morning about the preparations downtown.
"We are merely taking steps we feel are necessary to protect the public, the businesses and the property in the downtown area in advance of any decision," he said. "We do — I do — understand that the actions we took this morning may have caused frustration and inconvenience for many in our community. We also understand that we were not able to give out the amount of notice we normally would like, but we felt these actions were necessary to protect the public."
Schroeder said the preparations are not meant to be a lockdown of downtown, and there are no limits on foot traffic. The State of Emergency, Schroeder said, is to ensure adequate staffing. He also said there is no fencing around Jefferson Square Park.
Downtown businesses, especially those along Fourth Street Live, are preparing as well and boarding up.
A federal judge on Friday signed an order to close The Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in downtown Louisville. The building will be closed from Sept. 21-25