This morning, Governor Andy Beshear authorized the deployment of approximately 500 service members of the Kentucky National Guard to Louisville.
This activation is to provide civil disturbance support to the Louisville Metro Police Department and to protect critical infrastructure sites in and around the Louisville area. Guard leadership will retain command and control while working with the LMPD.
"Our goal is to make sure we can keep everyone safe," said Gov. Beshear at his daily press conference.
According to the Governor, the Guard is there to protect key critical infrastructure that is so important in times like these.
“We’re here to support the city of Louisville and its citizens and provide public safety,” said Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, Adjutant General of the Kentucky National Guard. “Our efforts in the city are a tailored response to the ongoing civil disturbance at the direction of the Governor. We're a part of this community too."
Kentucky Army and Air National Guardsmen have been mobilized to support the LMPD and its mission to protect critical infrastructure. These Soldiers and Airmen will work in shifts to provide 24 hours of support.
(provided by the Kentucky National Guard)