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Metro Council Democrats pleased with progress in getting Metrowatch up and operating

Friday October 27, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – One neighborhood is using technology to keep an eye for crime. Another will be up and running soon.

On Friday, Metro Police unveiled the new Metrowatch program that uses strategically placed cameras in neighborhoods to watch for crime. The first location for the pilot program is Fourth and Oak Streets.

“I knew this was something we should look into,” said Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. She saw a demonstration of the concept while on an official trip to California. “Police told me in the areas where the cameras were used there was a decrease in crime.”

On Friday, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White unveiled the new program at the Fairdale substation and gave a demonstration on how it will work..

“Dr. Shanklin was one of the driving forces in support of these cameras for what we believe will be a good way to get crime off the street,” says White.

Several members of the Metro Council pushed for $300,000 for a pilot program for the cameras. Fourth and Oak is the first location. The second will be set up in the area of 38th and Market as part of this year long program..

“Many of us see this as the next step in the way technology can help us make our streets a safer place for children and families to walk and play and not a place for drug dealers,” said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5.

The cameras can be monitored not only by police officers but also residents in the city will be able to log on and watch as well.

“This gives police another tool of enforcement and at the same time falls in line with our efforts in neighborhood watch programs,” says Hamilton. “Let’s not forget, about how successful the Tip Line has been for helping police.”

The Tip Line is an anonymous sway to turn in crime information and Metro Police says has been successful with more than 900 tips in its two years of operation. The number of the Tip Line is 574-LMPD. It is located in the Fairdale substation.

“We all want a safe city, public safety is our number one goal,” says Councilwoman Vicki Welch (D) 13. “We on the Council are pleased that this program is moving forward.”

Council members Leonard Watkins (D) 1, David Tandy (D) 4, Bob Henderson (D) 14 and Madonna Flood (D) 24 were also on hand for the camera demonstration.

“I have been told we will be moving into the Newburg area after these two locations are up and running,” says Shanklin.

The program will also include public participation in monitoring as part of a future phase of Metrowatch.

Sponsor:
Leonard Watkins (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
David Tandy (D) 4
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Vicki Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 14
Madonna Flood (D) 24