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Louisville Metro Police saturate city with officers

Almost all Metro Police officers are working the night shift Friday night to make an impression on you.

It's a night where a lot of people are out in their neighborhoods, like the busy Highlands.  Police may not be able to quantify crimes or mischief prevented, but they hope their visibility will last far beyond Friday night.

"We saw you sitting here.  We're doing the bike patrol tonight.  We just wanted to check on you and make sure you're okay," said Sgt. Jamey Schwab, Metro Police 5th Division.

Checking.  Saying hello.  Offering safety tips for visitors to restaurants and nightclubs.

"They'll break windows.  A lot of people don't even lock their doors.  They leave something valuable in there and wake up the next morning they find it's gone," said Schwab.

The stops between cruises on the patrol bikes are what are most important on Friday night.

Metro Police call it an "all patrol night."

"We pick a date where we know there's going to be a lot of activity out where we can make a lot of citizen contacts and be seen by a lot of the businesses," said Schwab.

In the Highlands, officers want to be seen, as they work to curb car break-ins and other criminal mischief and mayhem.

"Maybe some of our homeless friends need to move along and not panhandle and that sort of thing.  Just general people up to no good, maybe people drinking too much or whatever," said Victor Himbaugh, resident & business owner.

"A lot of people want to talk to us or give us information or tell us about something going on and ask us a question," said Schwab.

"We have a lot of side streets with alleys, a lot of people park in alleys.  We try to be visible in the alleys because we've had some trouble with car break-ins and intoxicated people and stuff like that," said  Ofc. Jeff Artman, Metro Police 5th Division.

It was hard to walk a couple blocks of Bardstown Road without seeing a police officer on a bike or in a patrol car.

Even though "All Patrol" runs just one night, perhaps the images will last longer.

The "All Patrols" are working to curb auto thefts near Louisville Slugger Field.

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