Friday October 1, 2010
Funding Will Put More Police on Louisville’s Streets than Ever Before
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), Mayor Jerry Abramson, and Chief Robert White announced that the Louisville Metro Police Department will receive more than $6 million from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring program. The funding will help LMPD hire 32 officers, making the LMPD’s force the largest it has ever been.
“For years, the men and women of our police force have worked exceptionally hard to keep our families and neighborhoods safe,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “I am proud these federal resources will help continue that work, strengthening our city’s crime prevention efforts and putting more officers on the streets.”
The COPS Hiring program funding will go directly to LMPD to hire the new officers, providing three years worth of salaries and benefits for the added personnel.
Abramson praised the leadership of Congressman Yarmuth and Chief White for working together to secure the funding.
“Washington has delivered once again, helping Louisville improve safety for its citizens by putting more police officers on our streets and in our neighborhoods,” Abramson said. “With Chief White’s leadership, we have built a stronger, larger police force than ever before in this community to protect our citizens.”
Chief White said the funding will take the police department’s staffing level of sworn officers from 1,256 to nearly 1,300 officers. The new officers will be patrol officers dispatched throughout Louisville.
“We have placed a priority on putting more officers on the street to work with our citizens to prevent crime and catch criminals,” White said. “This grant will make a significant difference in our efforts.”
Funding from the COPS Hiring Program is highly competitive. The LMPD was one of only two law enforcement agencies in Kentucky and one of 379 nationwide receiving funding to hire new officers. More than 4,500 agencies across the country applied.
The LMPD is currently screening applicants for a new recruiting class expected to begin training in November. With the new COPS funding, the department will likely expand the size of the class to get more officers on the street as soon as possible.
In the past three and a half years, Congressman Yarmuth has secured more than $1.1 million in federal funds for the LMPD for the purchase of mobile data computers.
The expansion of the police force with the COPS grant is also the latest in dozens of improvements and investments in public safety for the LMPD during the Abramson Administration including:
· Investing $70 million in federal, state and local funds in MetroSafe, the emergency communications network that connects more than 4,000 emergency responders across the region.
· Consistently increasing funding for the police department to put more officers on the street and to add crime-fighting equipment.
· Developing 574-LMPD, the crime-tip hotline that has logged more than 100,000 calls and resulted in more than 2,000 arrests.