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James and 4th Division announce 14 day initiative for crime prevention effort in Old Louisville

Friday March 11, 2011

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

Councilman David James (D-6) announces a new effort to curb a recent increase in automobile break-ins in the Old Louisville area. He will partner with officers in the Louisville Metro Police 4th Division to provide target foot patrolling for a 14 day period in areas where such break-ins have been on the increase.

“Working with the 4th Division, we are aware cars have been a very easy target over the last few months,” says James. “We are coordinating foot patrols with officers to be more visible on the streets in a two week initiative designed to bring more police presence and community involvement to assist officers in stopping these crimes.”

On Friday, James was joined by Major Kim Kraeszig, Commander of the 4th Division to explain that the initiative is a test beginning on Monday, March 14th. It will utilize officer son foot, bike and ATV’s as needed during certain hours of the day.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been twenty car break-ins scattered through the Old Louisville area. The majority have occurred south of Central Park in an area bound by Third Street to Sixth Street and from Magnolia to Lee Street.

“Residents should know that this is just a test,” says James. “We want to see how we can use officers to effectively move around the Old Louisville Area to prevent these break-ins but at the same time we will be talking with the community as a way to re-enforce crime prevention programs and block watch efforts that can assist us.”

The cost of this 14 day initiative will be $10,833. The funding will be provided through Councilman James’ Neighborhood Development Fund.

“Public Safety is a top priority for all members of the Metro Council,” says James. “I want to invite the community to help us with this effort. Get to know what’s going on your neighborhood and call police when you see something that looks out of place or suspicious.”

For more information, contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106.

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