Mayor’s Budget Puts More Police Officers on Streets
Friday May 18, 2007
Plan adds civilians to handle routine tasks;
funds 120 new police recruits
As he swore in the latest class of 22 police recruits, Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced his upcoming budget will continue the city’s commitment to put more officers on the street.
Abramson will create a new Civilian Mobile Report Unit in the Louisville Metro Police Department that will respond to routine calls that do not require the immediate assistance of an officer. The civilian unit will free up the equivalent of six police officers to investigate high priority dispatch calls, such as armed robberies, assaults and domestic violence.
Abramson will include $210,000 in his proposed 2007-08 budget to hire six civilians that will take reports from residents who have, for example, had items stolen from their home or car. The reports and photographs taken at the scene will then be turned over to officers for further investigation.
“Since we merged our police departments, we’ve put 100 additional officers on the street to prevent crime and protect the citizens of this community,” Abramson said. “My proposed budget continues our commitment to public safety by providing additional personnel and giving officers the tools they need to keep Louisville safe.”
In addition to the new positions, Abramson’s budget includes funding for three police recruit classes during the next fiscal year, which will train 120 new police officers.
The mayor’s budget also includes an additional $1 million for the Firearms Training Center and $3 million for technology and equipment improvements such as:
- Mobile data terminals
- In-car video cameras
- Body armor
- New computers at department divisions
Abramson will present his budget to the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday, May 31.