Local Churches Partner with LMPD
Wednesday January 18, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alicia Smiley, 574-7761
Dwight Mitchell, 574-7665
LOCAL AREA CHURCHES PARTNER WITH LMPD
FOR THE CRIMETIP HOTLINE
Clergy will be involved in gathering crime tip information
Mayor Jerry E. Abramson, Chief Robert White and District Court Judge Toni Stringer announced today that several local clergy and their churches will partner with the police department to gather information to help solve crimes. The partnership is called C.A.R.E., Church Community / Criminal Activity Reporting Effort.
“I’ve always said the key to solving and preventing crime in our hometown is the responsibility of our officers and our residents,” said Abramson. “I think this partnership will have a positive impact on neighborhoods across this community.”
C.A.R.E. is a community-based initiative created to provide citizens with yet another anonymous alternative to report criminal activity in Metro Louisville. Citizens are encouraged to contact participating area churches to report information on any crime that has or may possibly occur. In turn, the churches will relay those crime tips to staff members with 574-LMPD who will disseminate the information to the appropriate investigative unit.
“This partnership with the faith-based community will give us an even greater resource from which we can gather information on criminal activity,” said Chief White. “A lot of parishioners talk with their clergy on a weekly, if not daily, basis and this gives us one more tool in our crime fighting arsenal.”
Judge Toni Stringer, along with her husband Donnie Morris, developed the C.A.R.E. concept as a part of her volunteer efforts with Prevention 2000. Developed in 1997, Prevention 2000 is a non-profit organization focusing on the safety of children age 12 and under. The group has provided presentations to nearly 30,000 children teaching them ways to protect themselves from becoming victims of criminal activity.
“C.A.R.E. is a natural extension of the work we’re doing with Prevention 2000,” said Judge Stringer. “It just makes sense to expand that effort to include the entire community.”
Five churches and their ministers have agreed to participate in C.A.R.E. The group includes the following:
Rev. Kevin Cosby, St. Stephen Baptist Church
Rev. John Crittenden, Forest Baptist Church
Rev. C. Mackey Daniels, West Chestnut Street Baptist Church
Rev. Bruce Shaw, Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Wayne Steele, Peace Presbyterian Church
Other faith-based groups are also encouraged to participate by contacting the crime tip hotline at 574-LMPD.
Since its inception in October 2004, 574-LMPD has logged over 10,000 phone calls and now averages approximately 1,000 phone calls each month. Calls to the crime tip hotline have resulted in 379 arrests, including closure in four homicides. Two methamphetamine labs have been shut down thanks to citizen phone calls and last month, two serial bank robbers were captured as a result of calls to the crime tip hotline.