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City Makes Strides in Creating Safer Neighborhoods

Friday October 25, 2013

Mayor updates community on Violence Prevention Work Group report

One year after a civic group released a comprehensive report to reduce violence and create even safer neighborhoods in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer today outlined the progress made the past 12 months and looked ahead to future challenges.

Fischer and Anthony Smith, Director for Safe Neighborhoods, noted that overall crime is down in Louisville and the city has implemented numerous programs and partnerships to continue that trend, while also focusing on preventing young adults from becoming future criminals.

“Last October, the Violence Prevention Work Group produced its very solid report that provided a guide for creating a safer city,” Fisher said. “We wanted to ensure that the report did not sit on a shelf -- but became a living, breathing, working plan that guided our work to help make every neighborhood safe and secure.”

Fischer said he and his team remain devoted to the hard work.

“I’m here today to assure you of my continued commitment and to report the progress we’ve made over the past 365 days and to remind us all that we have much more work ahead,” he said. “As I’ve said many times before, the problems that cause violence didn’t just start yesterday — and they won’t go away tomorrow but we cannot sit back and simply wring our hands and expect the situation to remedy itself. “

The work group report was clear — reducing violence will take a comprehensive and sustained approach that involves all segments of society working together — city government, police, schools, non-profits, businesses, the court system and places of worship.

That’s exactly what we’ve been doing these last 12 months, Fischer said. Some highlights from the past year include:

  • Establishing the LMPD Chief’s advisory board to encourage open dialogue between police and high school youth;
  • Partnering with COPES, Inc. to pilot a Fatherhood program at Metro Corrections to help inmates positively address substance abuse and mental health issues;
  • Creating a Suicide Prevention Work Group. “While many may not see suicide as violence, we do,” Smith said. “And over the last several years, we’ve had more suicides than homicides. So we are looking into the causes.”
  • Assembling land in Western Louisville for economic development to help grow jobs and bring much-needed retail to the area;
  • Creating College and Career Corners at community centers to help encourage young people to pursue college and technical degrees;
  • Employing 1,800 youth this summer through the SummerWorks program;
  • Partnering with JCPS to increase Out of School Time events and programs.

“Reducing violence isn’t just about putting bad guys in jail -- we can’t arrest our way out of the problem,” Fischer said. “It’s also about ensuring today’s children and teens don’t become tomorrow’s perpetrators or victims — that’s why our approach is diverse and comprehensive.”

Fischer and Smith today also released a report that will serve as a guide for the future. The Blueprint for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods lays out the following goals:

  • Increase high school and college graduation rates;
  • Increase employment rates in Louisville with a focus on our most economically challenged neighborhoods;
  • Enhance access to quality out of school time programming;
  • Enhance the quality of intervention with individuals and families at first sign of risk;
  • Increase opportunities for citizens returning to our community from prison or jail;
  • Conduct annual quality of life surveys.

The mayor and Smith today also named the Safe Neighborhoods Advisory Committee that will work to ensure that the city is implementing the plan --and thinking strategically. The advisory committee members are:


Lou Ann

Atlas

Fifth Third Bank

Ruth

Brinkley

KentuckyOne Health

J. Michael

Brown

Kentucky Justice Cabinet

Chuck

Denny

PNC Bank

Maggie

Elder

Metro United Way

Angie

Evans

Community Foundation of Louisville

Greg

Fischer

Louisville Metro Government

Kevin

Flanery

Churchill Downs

Darryl

Griffith

Darryl Griffith Foundation

Donna

Hargens

Jefferson Co. Public Schools

Hunt

Helm

Bellarmine University

Gil

Holland

Entrepreneur

Nat

Irvin

University of Louisville

Vincent

James

Elim Baptist Church

Jon

Meyer

Jones, Nale & Mattingly

Marta

Miranda

Center for Women and Families

Tom

Noland

Humana

Mike

O'Connell

Jefferson County Attorney's Office

Pam

Parnell

Family & Children's Place

Mitchell

Payne

University of Louisville

Diane

Porter

Jefferson County School Board

Paul

Perconti

West End School

Sadiqa

Reynolds

Louisville Metro Government

Ben

Richmond

Louisville Urban League

Barbara

Sexton Smith

Fund for the Arts

David

Tandy

Louisville Metro Council

Perrye

Turner

FBI

Carla

Wallace

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Steve

Williams

Norton Healthcare

Tom

Wine

Commonwealth Attorney

A representative from the US Attorney’s Office will also be part of the committee.