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574-LMPD has Arrived

Wednesday October 6, 2004

Contact: Alicia Smiley
Media & Public Relations Specialist
(502) 574-7761

                                                574-LMPD has Arrived!

(October 6, 2004) -- The Honorable Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White today announced a new community policing initiative giving citizens the opportunity to actively keep their hometown safe.

Citizens will now be able to provide information on homicides and other serious crimes using the department's new crime tip hotline number, 574-LMPD. Citizens can choose to leave their name, phone number and address, or remain anonymous.

Mayor Abramson sees 574-LMPD as another step to ensure that our community can better communicate with our police department. "The hotline is designed to provide citizens in our hometown with another tool and another incentive to call our police, connect with them, and provide our officers with information about crimes or problems that have occurred in their neighborhoods and in their community," said Mayor Abramson.

The Mayor also stressed another important facet of the hotline - that it will be linked to the city's 3-1-1 MetroCall system. "That means when people call with a concern or tip, that information will be put into our database so that we can track it, ensure responsiveness and spot potential trends or patterns before they become pervasive."

Unlike many hotline numbers that are staffed by answering machines, 574-LMPD will be staffed by real people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "I know it has been frustrating in the past for citizens who want to help. I would not doubt that citizens with important information who called the Louisville Metro Police Department after hours got voice mail and got discouraged. Hopefully the ability to talk to someone on our staff will help people feel more comfortable about coming forward to help us solve crime and prevent it," said Chief White.

Mayor Abramson and Chief White also introduced the new QuickTip cards that will also allow the public to write in to police about ongoing criminal activity that needs to be addressed. The QuickTip cards will be available at all eight LMPD Divisions. Local area businesses, beginning with Texas Roadhouse and ten Thorntons stores, will have the cards by the end of October.