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Councilman James announces success in 14 day initiative to fight crime in Old Louisville

Tuesday June 7, 2011

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

Councilman David James (D-6) has good news for residents of Old Louisville. A recent “Street Blitz” of the neighborhood, in which officers of the LMPD Fourth District instituted a “zero tolerance” policy and investigated all suspicious behavior, has lead to a significant decrease in burglaries in the Old Louisville area.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of our 14 day effort to crack down on crime in Old Louisville,” says James. “Major Kim Kraeszig and all officers of the 4th Division deserve our thanks for their diligence in preventing crime and working with the community.”

In April, James provided $10,833 in funding for extra overtime to focus on an area surrounding Central Park – from First to Sixth Streets and Oak to Hill Streets. It utilized officers on foot, bike and ATV’s as needed during certain hours of the day.

In a four week period from April to May, the 4th Division confirmed a 37% decrease in overall burglaries. During the blitz, contact was made with 114 people who were either violating the law or acting suspiciously, 31 citations were issued, and 12 misdemeanor arrests were made. There were also five felony arrests, including the apprehension of one of “Louisville’s Most Wanted”.

“Public safety will always be my top priority and I’m encouraged to see that this type of focus on a neighborhood can make such a significant difference in crime rates,” says James. “Officers have also told us that the community’s interaction with them went a long way in making these crime numbers decrease.”

Other statistics from relating to the “Street Blitz” include:

· Caught one of Louisville’s most wanted - Leon Thornton - 4 counts of Sexual Abuse 1st degree

· 30% of the people officers came in contact with had theft related criminal histories

· 15% of those stopped were convicted felons

· 10 Bench warrants served

· Overall crime has decreased by 9% on beat since the first of the year

· The Fourth Division has seen a 14.3% decrease in overall crime for the year

“The Street Blitz has great potential to assist other areas of Metro Louisville faced with increases in criminal activity,” says James. “This effort has been a great partnership between police officers, the Old Louisville neighborhood and my office.

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

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