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Councilman Johnson moves to enhance Block Watch and Crime Prevention programs in District 21

Thursday September 21, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3623
For Immediate release:

Louisville – A 2005 FBI report shows some good news for Metro Louisville. The city ranks 124th out of 246 medium sized cities across the country in violent crime.

“It nice to see a decline in violent crime when we compare to other cities but we can always do better,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21. “There are ways we can make that happen by helping our police officers and getting our community more involved.”

In an effort to fight crime in District 21, Johnson continues to fund a special initiative in the 3rd District of Metro Police and will expand the program to the Fourth District.

“Last year, we funded the overtime necessary to have a larger police presence out on the street. It was effective in fighting crime and controlling speeding,” says Johnson. “That success is all the more reason to expand this idea, especially since we have had some increased crime activity in certain areas.”

Johnson noted there has been a recent rash of burglaries in the area of Kenwood Hill, East Esplanade and Ghenes. The money will also be used to monitor speeders in areas such as Southland Boulevard.

A total of $20,000 in District 21 Neighborhood Development funds will be channeled to Metro Police to not only increase patrols but to encourage more neighborhood/block watch efforts but also for traffic control.

Each district would receive $10,000 of NDF money.

The Council’s Appropriations Committee gave approval to the funds on Thursday, September 21. The measure now goes before the full Council at its next meeting on the 28th.

“We know that police officers can not do the job alone. Anytime the public can be the eyes and ears and spot crime, it will go a long way in making our neighborhoods safer,” says Johnson. “Metro Police have shown me and others that this effort has paid off.”

The FBI ranked the city of St. Louis, Missouri as number 1 in violent crime in 2005. The category was for cities with populations over 100,000.

Dan Johnson (D) 21