574-LMPD Celebrates 1,000 Arrests
Wednesday March 21, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Louisville, KY - Mayor Jerry E. Abramson and Chief Robert C. White of the Louisville Metro Police Department today thanked the citizens and celebrated the 1000th arrest made as a result of information received from 574-LMPD, the city's crime tip hotline.
The 1000th arrest occurred on March 15 when a citizen phoned in a tip with information on a wanted person. A Fourth Division officer located 24 year old Darrah Denise Johnson in the 500 block of Camden Avenue. She was arrested on outstanding warrants of disorderly conduct, theft by deception, operating on a suspended license, speeding and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Since the police department launched the tipline in October 2004, 574-LMPD has become increasingly popular with residents as a tool for reclaiming their neighborhoods. Information received from tipline callers has led to a little more than 1,000 individuals being arrested, resulting in the clearance of thousands of criminal charges. Twenty-two (22) homicides have been solved thanks in part to the information received from 574-LMPD callers.
"The response to our tipline has exceeded our expectations," Abramson said. "The results prove that our residents have joined with our police department to provide valuable information that has helped officers fight crime in every corner of this community."
During each month of the hotline's operation, a steady increase in the number of callers and arrests has been seen. To date, more than 30,211 telephone calls have been made to the hotline, with an average of 1,900 calls being received each month.
January 2007 proved to be a record month for tipline arrests with police apprehending 89 suspects. As of mid-March, police had already arrested 31 people based on criminal information received from callers to 574-LMPD.
"1,000 arrests from a hotline that has been in effect for just 2 1/2 years is absolutely phenomenal," said Chief White. "This is a perfect example of the synergy created by police and the community working together to get the criminals off our streets."
New billboards featuring 574-LMPD will soon be going up in the downtown area. Maloney Outdoor Advertising is currently producing several billboards thanking citizens for their help with the crime tip hotline.